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Why Cagli?

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.

Despite 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.

Cagli 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. etc. etc…