Do you remember Fr. Foster? His new Latin Academy is located in Rome on the Via della Gatta… "Kitty Avenue".
"But Father! But Father!", you ask, scratching your heads, "Why is it called "Cat Street? Are there cats there?!?"
In the Via della Gatta, there is a little cat perched up on the edge of a building.
The cat had its origin in a Temple of Isis, which had been a street or so over. Romans tooks old stuff from these ancient buildings and used it, incorporated it, and generally played with it in their buildings. Someone clearly had a sense of humor with this cat.
In any event, many streets here ften acquired their names from what sort of merchandise was sold there or some little detail to be found along the way. You can just imagine a conversation:
"EEUU MASSIMO!… Let’s meet later for a forchettata and a quartino!"
"We’ll meet over on that street where the cat is."
"The cat? Oh yah! The street with the cat. See ya there!"
Ecco. Via della Gatta.