Via Flaminia - Cagli Mallio Bridge
The Mallio Bridge (Ponte Mallio) in the town of Cagli was part of the ancient Roman road Via Flaminia. This is the oldest bridge on the Via Flaminia in Le Marche and is thought to pre-date the Romans. The modern road through Cagli follows the route of the ancient Via Flaminia. A modern bridge was built beside the ancient bridge. The ancient bridge is in use today, but only for local traffic.
Location: Italy - Marche - Pesaro and Urbino - Cagli
Category: Ancient Roman
Tags: Via Flaminia, Bridge
Heading north-east on the SP3 in the direction of Fano, take the first exit for Cagli. Keep on the SP424, called Via Flaminia, through town. The historic center is up the hill on your left. Go straight through an intersection with a bridge on your right. At the next roundabout with a petrol station and other services, where the historic center ends, go straight through onto a modern bridge. The ancient bridge is on your left, almost below the modern bridge.
At the end of the bridge, turn left into a small road, then immediately left onto a track that goes onto the ancient bridge. You can leave the car here and explore the bridge. Or park back at the services area off the roundabout and walk across the modern bridge where you get a good view down to the bridge.
The historic center of Cagli is interesting, but make sure to either park outside the center or to go into the center from the western side (the other side from the bridge). We drove in on the street near the bridge and have never experienced such narrow lanes. Luckily we had a very small car. Once we parked and walked into the main square, we saw there was a better approach from the western side.
Day trip contributed by Pauline Kenny
The historic center of Cagli is interesting. Piazza Matteotti is the main piazza. The 13th century Palazzo Pubblico, or Town Hall, sits on one side of the piazza. Francesco di Giorgio Martini, who built many fortified towers in Le Marche, built the Rocca Torrione a few blocks from the main piazza. It was built in 1481 and designed for Duke Federico III da Montefeltro.
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