Italian Explorations: Calcata
On my recent visit to Italy, we visited a small medieval town perched on a volcanic hill just outside of Rome called Calcata.
It is an artist’s dream with old buildings, artisan shops, narrow walkways, unexpected nooks and quaint cafes. Entering the gates, you are taken back in time and will be in constant awe that this village still exists in basically the same way it did century before (save for wifi).
We had lunch at a small cafe where the owner was the sole person working. We sat amazed as he took our orders (he spoke no english and his menu was in Italian) after we tried to decipher the menu via google translate and tried to communicate with him, tend to the 16 of us along with the other patrons in the tiny space, cooked ALL the food and cleaned up, without breaking a sweat and with a smile on his face. What a delight.
At the end of exploring every inch of this small town, we had a great appreciation for the past, the tiny and everything un-American.
See the first part of my Italian Adventures here