Calcata

A town of artists

Calcata

A town of artists

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Discover what treasures are hidden in Calcata

"Views of Valle del Treja."

"Halloween's Night of Witches."

"Exhibits of the local artists."

Calcata is the smallest among the towns of the Agro Falisco, an enchanted island floating in the verdant countryside, as if suspended in time.

Calcata has preserved its authentic medieval town features throughout time, and remain untouched and unique. Resting upon a tuff rock cliff, it overlooks the Treja valley, which encloses the ruins of Narce, an ancient Faliscan town.

To wander along the lanes, completely free of traffic, is an enchanting and evocative experience. Beautiful views are hidden around every corner, as the alleys weave together suddenly revealing breath-taking panoramas over the ravines. Among the workshops of the many artists who inhabit the town, there are several picturesque spaces ready to welcome visitors and tourists.

Did you know... the town of Calcata was chosen as a setting for several famous movies, for instance Amici Miei, directed by Mario Monicelli, or the Decameron by Pier Paolo Pasolini. 

Did you know... the town of Calcata was chosen as a setting for several famous movies, for instance Amici Miei, directed by Mario Monicelli, or the Decameron by Pier Paolo Pasolini. 

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The history of Calcata

Calcata, a medieval hamlet

Calcata is a picturesque medieval town just a few kilometres away from Rome, the first locality you will encounter moving south from the Agro Falisco. Such a place owes its great allure to its position: the town rests upon a tuff rock cliff, immersed in the very centre of the Valle del Treja.

The first mentioning we have of the town of Calcata is in official charts dating back to the 10th century. Among the town’s protectors who came into power, the most influential were members of the Anguillara family.

Within the town there are buildings dating back to the year 1200 which have been preserved to this day, and the road surface is at present still paved with stones collected during the 1700s from the Treja valley.

After having been abandoned by the local people during the sixties, the small medieval hamlet was gradually re-inhabited by a new grouping of citizens throughout the seventies and eighties.

The town became renowned for being the chosen dwelling of many artists and influential personalities of the Italian cultural scene, such as the architect Paolo Portoghesi. 

 

Within the town

The only access to the town is through the medieval gateway situated at the beginning of the residential area. Within the old town walls stands the Baronial Palace of the Anguillara family, which dates approximately to the year 1000. Up until the sixties the building housed the headquarters to all the main social institutions of the town, ranging from the school to the post office.

At present the Palazzo Baronale houses some of the offices of the Parco Regionale Valle del Treja.

In September 2016, the “court’s bake-house spaces” were inaugurated. This room is likely to be one of the oldest parts of the building, and the following restauration works have in fact brought to light ancient fresco paintings bearing the emblems of the Anguillara family. 

 

The district and its legends

The territory in the thereabouts of Calcata also houses the Santuario of Monte Li Santi, an antique Faliscan temple, which stands within the Parco Regionale Valle del Treja, where the ancient Faliscan town of Narce once rose.

According to a legend, in 1527 the town of Calcata witnessed the capture of a soldier from the lansquenet army, who had taken part in the sack of Rome. During the plunder, the soldier had despoiled the Sancta Sanctorum of San Giovanni in Laterano. When imprisoned, he hid the reliquary enshrining the holy prepuce of Jesus Christ within the prison cell, which was only to be rediscovered in 1557. From then on, in this church, the people begun venerating the relic and granting pilgrims a ten-year indulgence in return. 

 

Located along the Via Flaminia, only a few kilometres away from Rome, the town of Calcata is a must-see during your visit of the Agro Falisco!

Where is Calcata

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