In the 1930s, Calcata's historic centre was evacuated by the government for fear that the volcanic cliffs would collapse. The residents moved to nearby Calcata Nuova. However, in the 1960s, the old town began to be repopulated by artists and hippies, some of whom eventually purchased the buildings they had moved into. The government was persuaded to reverse 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 Calcata is inhabited largely by artists, musicians, aging hippies, vegetarians, crystal freaks and other New Agers. Calcata now houses a large number of small art galleries and artisanal workshops, many of them essentially subterranean, knick-knack shops and a few cafes and restaurants. Calcata is extremely popular with Romans who flock here on the weekends - indeed finding parking on the road outside is problematic on Saturdays and it is better to visit on a weekday. There is interesting art to be found, and many musical and other events take place here. Calcata is well worth a visit.