One of the reasons why we decided to live in Italy was the beauty of the country. We told ourselves we will take every opportunity or create one to explore it as much as possible. We even bought a car having this in mind.
The other week one of my best friends from London visited us and we took the advantage of a few day trips around Rome.
I’d heard of Calcata before, from an italian friend who is always very nice, offering me tips on where what and when’s about Italy. We hit the road on a rather cloudy day, not usual to Italy, towards the small village on top of the hill hoping it won’t rain by the time we get there. We were so lucky we even had sunshine now and then while strolling the streets and I must say it makes all the difference.
This is one of the places that seems frozen in time. It has a peculiar history as well. Back in the 30’s people abandoned the streets of Calcata, the government feared the volcanic cliffs where the city has been built would collapse. In the 60’s, though, the deserted historic center was bit by bit repopulated by artists and hippy squatters. Many of the squatters eventually purchased their homes, the government reversed its condemnation order, and the residents of what had become an artistic community began restoring the ancient town. The trend continues even today, making of Calcata a thriving artistic center. It has restaurants, bars and accommodation places for people who want to spend the night over.
For a day outside the walls of the great capital I cannot recommend you enough this little and charming village just 40km away from Rome.