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Trip PlannerEurope  /  Italy  /  Marche  /  Province of Pesaro and Urbino  /  Cagli


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Cagli is a town and comune in the province of Pesaro e Urbino, Marche, central Italy. It c. 30km south of Urbino. The Burano flows near the town.HistoryCagli occupies the site of an ancient village on the Via Flaminia, which seems to have borne the name Cale, 39km north of Helvillum (now Sigillo) and 29km southwest of Forum Sempronii (now Fossombrone).In the 6th century it was one of the strongholds of the Byzantine Pentapolis. A free commune was founded in Cagli at the end of the 12th century, and it quickly subdued more than 52 surrounding castles, overthrowing the rural lords and threatening the feudal powers of the abbots. Its expansion established the borders of the diocese of Cagli. When the city was partially destroyed by fire, started by Ghibelline factions in 1287, the settlement was moved down from the slopes of Monte Petrano and rebuilt anew on flatter land, incorporating the pre-existing suburb. The rebuilding of the city, under the patronage of Pope Nicholas IV, followed Arnolfo di Cambio's grid-pattern town plan. Cagli soon returned to being a prosperous centre. A register of taxes paid to the Church in 1312, revised after a heavy fall in population due to famine, shows that Cagli then numbered around 7,200 inhabitants. Shortly afterwards, in the Constitutiones Aegidianae of 1357, Cagli appeared among the nine major cities in the Marca (along with Pesaro, Fano and Fossombrone). The economic development of the city centred mainly on the manufacture of woollen cloth (later also silk) and the tanning of hides, industries that grew considerably under the dukes of Urbino.
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