About Cagli, Italy
Cagli is an ancient town of just under 10,000 people, nestled on the eastern slopes of Italy’s Appennines Mountains in the Le Marche region.
The Adriatic coast and its beaches are a 40-minute bus ride away, but Cagli has plenty of attractions amid its small cobblestone streets: upscale shopping, a gem of an opera house, a weekly street market, numerous cafes and amazing restaurants, mountain hiking, a modern fitness center, bike rentals, excellent medical care, two hotels, a waterfall, river swimming, and a fantastic, lively piazza.
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, summer concerts and festivals, and one of the region’s most beautiful theaters. The town also has a hospital, dentists, a gymnasium, grocery stores and several outdoor cafés and restaurants.