Recommended daytrip from Rome: Calcata
However, there are many other similar towns with the same peculiar shape in the area north of Rome, close to the borders between the Lazio region and Tuscany, or the latter and the Umbria region. And the striking thing is, they’re mostly unknown to tourists, whether from abroad or nationals!
Calcata is one of such examples. Halfway between Rome and Viterbo, it is reachable in roughly one hour by car, and is a delightful little gem which can be visited in a just a couple of hours – not considering time allotted for meals, shopping or for… photo opportunities!
With houses and stores carved in tufa, Calcata is exactly like Orvieto – with warehouses and catacombs arranged in a complex grid underground the streets and squares of the old city. Like Civita, it is inhabited by just a small number of people – a little over 900.
A unique community
However, it’s the residents of Calcata that make this village even more peculiar: since the 1970s, this small town has been chosen as a de facto retreat by a diverse community of artists, musicians, actors, architects… They’re a fascinating bunch, and you can buy their art at cheaper prices than you would have in proper art galleries.
While visiting Calcata you will be able to visit most of their studios, or you can opt for the OperaBosco, a contemporary art museum in the woods at the bottom of the plateau where Calcata is perched on.
Wildlife and nature abound
Calcata lies within the Treja Valley Regional Park (website in Italian only) – that, combined with the proximity of Monte Gelato waterfalls, turns the area into a lovely destination to spend some time hiking, birdwatching, dabbling in nature photography and more. Horseback excursions and tour guides are common in and around Calcata!
How to get to Calcata?
Calcata can be reached by light rail from Piazzale Flaminio (getting off in the town of Civita Castellana) and taking a Cotral-operated bus from there. As an alternative, bus rides are available from the Cotral terminal at Saxa Rubra (on the light rail line departing from Piazzale Flaminio, adjacent to the subway station there).
The most convenient way to get to Calcata remains by car, reaching the Cassia Veientana route and following directions to Mazzano Romano.
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