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Calcata is a comune and town in the Province of Viterbo in the Italian region Latium, located 47 km north of Rome. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 895 and an area of 7.7 km.

In the 1930s, the hill towns's fortified historic center was condemned by the government for fear that the volcanic cliffs the ancient community was built upon would collapse. Local residents moved to nearby Calcata Nuova. In the 1960s, the emptied centro storico began to be repopulated by artists and hippies who squatted in its medevial stone and masonry structures. Many of the squatters eventually purchased their homes, the government reversed its condemnation order, and the residents of what had become an artistic community began restoring the ancient town. This trend has continued so that today that town boasts an thriving artistic community described in the New York Times as what "may be the grooviest village in Italy, home to a wacky community of about 100 artists, bohemians, aging hippies and New Age types." The centro storico now includes restaurants, cafes, and art galleries.

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The workshop contains the panoramic view of the town.

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