Calcata is a small hill town in Lazio near Rome in central Italy.

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I Tre Monti da Adolfino

Traditional dishes from the area, such as Fettuccine with Porcini Mushrooms and Tagliatelle with Cheese and Pepper. Try the boar stew.

La Latteria del Gatto Nero

A restaurant for cat lovers. Photos, paintings and statues of cats are everywhere. Even the toilet brush holder is a cat.


Remarkably inexpensive apartments can be booked through this official agency of the village.

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L'isola che non c'era

Four themed rooms, including the Witch's Grotto. Shared facilities.

La Piazzetta

Homemade pastas and dishes typical of the region.

Pizzeria del Borgo

Takeaway pizza for those in a hurry.

EAT   —  Via San Giovanni

The Grail

Homemade pasta, desserts, and fowl.

La sala dei 201 thé

Tea rooms in the main village.

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About Calcata

Originally a sacred ritual site used by the Faliscans, who came before the Romans, and claimed until recently to be the location of the foreskin of Jesus, this is, perhaps, the most unusual village in Italy. In the 1930s, the government condemned it for fear that the 50m high cliffs it sits on were crumbling and the whole village was in danger of collapsing. Most of Calcata’s inhabitants moved to the nearby newly built town, Calcata Nuova (New Calcata), leaving the old village more or less deserted. But the old town survived and in the late 1960s and early 1970s, artists and “hippies” began moving in. They occupied the abandoned houses before eventually buying them from the original owners. They patched up narrow alleys and converted caves in the rocks into homes. They opened art galleries, inconspicuous shops, restaurants, cafes, and a small B&B and Calcata became a very laid-back tourist site. Finally, they convinced the Government that its earlier assessment was wrong and that Calcata was not going to collapse.


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