Cats in Italy

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Positano-cats-of-Ialy Photo by Margie Miklas
Cats in Italy seem to be everywhere. Maybe I just notice them more since most live outside. These cats, gatti, seem to appear in every single town I visit. I must say though, that I do not recall seeing them in the larger cities of Venice, Florence, and Naples, but I am sure they are there. Because I am a cat lover and have had several cats of my own, seeing these kitties in Italy always brings a smile to my face.


 Jeronimo Photo by Margie Miklas

Jeronimo, my cat who lived to be 19

Cats Bela Photo by Margie Miklas

 My kitten, Bella

Cats - Lucia - Photo by Margie Miklas

My kitten, Lucia

Calico cat in Positano
Calico cat in Positano

Tuxedo cat in Matera ~ Photo by Margie Miklas
Tuxedo cat in Matera

Tuxedo cat in Polignano a Mare ~ Photo by Margie Miklas

This little tuxedo cat in Poliganano a Mare was darling but his owner told us he is crazy and his name is Schizzo.

Tabby in Polignano a Mare ~ Photo by Margie Miklas

Tabby in Polignano a Mare


Cats in Apricale
These well-fed cats roam the streets of the Ligurian town of Apricale.

Photo by Margie Miklas

I took a liking to this little black kitten who lived at Masseria Provenzani in Puglia.

Farm cat in Puglia Photo by Margie Miklas

This big kitty also lived at the masseria just outside Squinzano and near Lecce in Puglia.

These kitties and their mamma lived just below our B&B  in Polignano a Mare…So cute. Are you a cat lover? I’d love to hear your feedback. Please leave a comment. Grazie mille!

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20 Responses

    • margieinitaly

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I am a car lover too

  1. stennasaga47

    I love cats too…but in many countries they serve a purpose…mousing. These born mousing enthusiasts are very helpful in a natural sort of way. GO KITTY.

  2. dollygoolsby

    I love the cats in Italy, also. Around the Largo di Argentina, in Rome, there are so many cats, but volunteers feed them and seem to look after the cats. I enjoy your photos, also. BTW, Just finished your novel, “Critical Coverup”, around midnight last night. I had to finish it!! Very good writing, and suspenseful.

    • margieinitaly

      Dolly, thank you so much for the kind words. I’m thrilled you enjoyed Critical Cover-Up…Yes I am familiar with the large volunteer cat sanctuary in Rome…Those cat ladies are revered.

  3. stellalucentellc

    As a cat lover, I find cats everywhere I go also! As you’ve said, most people in Italy will feed them but let them live outside, which is not really a bad life in Italy, where the weather is warmer than here in the US. My favorite cat photo is of a cat I found curled up in his own little basket on a shop step in Ragusa,Sicily. He looked so relaxed and comfortable sleeping among the noise of the piazza from all of the townspeople and tourists!

  4. Gina Girasole

    I love cats especially my little Sophie. The Italians love their cats and dogs, it is always a pleasure to see them so content and well cared for.

  5. Debra Kolkka

    I always see lots of cats in villages in Italy, not all are well cared for, but all manage to find the very best spots in the sun.

  6. imarancher

    I’m looking at that farm cat and wondering where he came from. His head attitude is the same as the large cats and not at all similar to house or patio cats. Very interesting big fellow. I have to go now as the five cats I live with don’t like me to stay online too long! The dog doesn’t disagree. We have learned to let the cats have their way with us.

    • margieinitaly

      Thanks for commenting, Bonnie…and I see that you learned quickly who is in charge.

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