The legend says that Galla Placidia, daughter of the Roman Emperor Theodosius, passed by and tasted a wine served in a poor cup, and she said "non di così rozzo calice sei degno, o vino, ma di berti in oro" (You should not drink this wine in such a poor cup. Rather it should be drunk in a gold goblet). This is where the name of the town comes from.
Inside the Fortress, there are the offices and apartments of the old bishop’s seat, a large balcony looking at the village and an impressive 17th-century hall decorated with Baroque frescoes.
Today the Fortress is home to the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro of Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna and the Interreligious Museum. Recently founded by the Diocese of Forlì-Bertinoro, the Museum investigates the common aspects of the three monotheist religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The medieval village of Bertinoro is also considered the “Town of hospitality” because of the presence of the Column of twelve rings, each ring corresponding to one of the twelve families of the town; a stranger who arrived and tied up his horse to one of the rings was the guest of the family to whom the ring belonged. The tradition is repeated every year on the first Sunday of September.
Local gastronomy is rich in fresh pasta hand-made by the “sfogline” (ladies making pasta) who still roll out the dough with the roller.
Freshly made in numberless kiosks scattered in the village, piadina is a typical bread type of Romagna.
At the same distance, there is the village of Fratta Terme with its fully renovated spa, which was already known at Roman times for its ancient therapeutic water sources.
By following Via Consolare for about 3 km, you reach the old Santuario della Madonna del Lago which preserves the 8th-century miraculous image of the Virgin and Child of Greek-Byzantine style.
Piazza della Liberta`, 9/C
47032 Bertinoro (FC)
Tel. ++39 0543-469213
Fax ++39 0543-444486
Opening: Open troughout the year
How to reach
Stop in Forlì (15 km)
From Forlì, Piazza Saffi, coach no.92 to Forlimpopoli, then shuttle bus no. 121 to Bertinoro.
Last update: 11/05/2011