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Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 2, 01030 Calcata Vecchia VT, Italy
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The Holy What?  Calcata  Italy

The Holy What?

The village of Calcata, a 45-minute drive north of Rome, is sleepy during the week. But come on a Saturday or Sunday and you'll find a scene like this in the hill town's main piazza: Roman day trippers mingling around the marble-bench-lined square with the local artists who reside here.

The church on the square is legendary for fans of arcane religious history: from the mid 16th century it housed a very special holy relic: the foreskin of Jesus. That is, until the Holy Foreskin disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1983. The relic hasn't been seen since, though many locals suspect the Vatican is the main culprit in the "theft."