Recently, my friend Laura and I, decided to head to Calcata for a short end-of-the-summer day trip.
The village is a large castle that is perched on top of a volcanic plug. The fortifications, especially the gate passage, are extremely well-preserved and the entire village is worth exploring. Described by the New York Times as the “grooviest village in Italy”.
The population consists largely of a community of artists, bohemians, hippies and New Age types, with their associated galleries and cafes.
It is a great day out (especially if you combine it with a local sagra), and often hosts various events such as piano recitals, poetry and art classes.
We absolutely loved its quirkiness!