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Forlì (fōrlēˈ) [key], city (1991 pop. 109,541), capital of Forlì prov., Emilia-Romagna, N central Italy. It is a prosperous agricultural and industrial center. Manufactures include silk, rayon, clothing, machinery, metals, and household appliances. A Roman trade center (Forum Livii) on the Aemilian Way, Forlì became a free commune in the 11th cent. After much strife between rival families, the Ordelaffi held power there for nearly two centuries. In 1504, Forlì became part of the Papal States. Of note are the citadel (14th–15th cent.), the clock tower (12th cent.), and the Basilica di San Mercuriale.

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