Hidden from tourists among the Apennines mountains in the Marche
Region of northern Italy, Cagli offers a unique opportunity to
explore authentic Italian life.
Cagli has a rich history dating
back well over 2000 years. Cagli became part of the Roman empire
in 295 BC, and quickly grew in
prominence as a vital stop on the ancient Via Flaminia, one of
Rome’s earliest and most important roads. After the fall
of the Roman Empire, Cagli’s strategic location made it a
popular staging ground for battles. In 1287, the city was destroyed
by fire in a battle among noble Italian families, but was rebuilt
two years later under orders from Pope Nicholas IV. It then would
be held by various noble families until it was incorporated into
the Papal States in the 17th Century, and eventually part of the
united Italy in 1860.
Though its history is apparent throughout
the town, Cagli boasts a rich modern social scene with a weekend
disco, summer concerts
and festivals, and one of the region’s most beautiful modern
theaters. The town also has a hospital, dentists, a gymnasium,
grocery stores, and several outdoor cafes and restaurants.
its relative seclusion, Cagli is accessible to most larger cities
through the bus depot, including service twice daily to
Rome, which is three hours away. Students can take advantage of
regular service throughout the day to local cities like Gubbio,
Urbino, and the beach town of Fano on the Adriatic Coast. This
year daily service has been added to Urbino, Rimini, Forli, Bolgona,
Padova, Venice, Assisi, Perugia, Pompei, Solerno, Battipaglia.
is home to over 10,000 citizens, most of whom live outside the
main city center. It is a small, quiet town that has many stories
to tell. Your job is to find those stories, whether it be about
the people, cuisine and culture, businesses, institutions, etc.