Day trip to the village of Calcata, near Rome

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Recently, my friend Laura and I, decided to head to Calcata for a short end-of-the-summer day trip.

The village of Calcata, is situated near Rome, in the outskirts of the Valle del Treja Natural Park (which is an easy 40 km drive from Rome – storms and hailing we`ve experienced apart).

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.

 

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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!

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