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Bertinoro is a town in the province of Forlì-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It is located on a hill, Mount Cesubeo, in Romagna, a few kilometres from the Via Emilia. It has a medieval look, with a compact centre with some nice squares, some churches and a cathedral. The town centre is overlooked by a castle originally known as Castrum Cesubeum, that housed the emperor Frederick Barbarossa in the 12th century. The named changed to Castrum Brittinori during the reign of Otto III, becoming seat of countship. The castle is now home to the Museum of Holy Arts and a section of the University of Bologna: the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro, where COMPARCH 2012 is hosted.

The University Residential Centre of Bertinoro

The University Residential Centre of Bertinoro is composed of three large historical and monumental buildings few metres apart from one another. They form a unique block on the top of the built-up area of the ancient town, in a quiet and hospitable place, surrounded by a very pleasant and peaceful atmosphere. The Centre was conceived and founded in 1994 in order to host residential training courses, seminars, workshops and conferences as well as cultural and research initiatives. A partnership set up on purpose by Bologna and the Campus of the region Romagna, local Institutions and Bertinoro Town Council runs the whole Centre.

Comparch 2012: View of Bertinoro Comparch 2012: View of Bertinoro

The Centre secretary's office, some lecture-halls and a lounge area leading to some wide terraces delivering a striking view were made out of the "Revellino" (the Fortress outpost). After the recent restorations, it is possible to get into the Fortress directly from the "Revellino" by walking on the ancient communication trench that once connected the Counts' residence to their military garrison.

The building of the Fortress was carried out by the Counts of Bertinoro and dates back to the first decades of the tenth century. Thanks to its privileged position, it was one of the most feared defensive works and a safe shelter from enemy attacks. The ancient castle was well demarcated by the line of Ghibelline battlements (visible from the outside Court after the recent restorations) that was interrupted by four high towers whose bases are still visible. Some halls of the "piano nobile" (the first floor) are decorated with important frescoes of the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth century, some of which were rediscovered during the restorations. At the ground floor of the Fortress there is the "Interreligious Museum", which contains findings belonging to the three monotheist religions in connection with the activity of "Mediterraneum", an agreement among the Universities of Jerusalem, Ankara, Tessaloniki, Bologna, Heidelberg, Tunis, the Gregoriana University and the Antoniano University for hosting meetings and researches on religious topics.

How to reach Bertinoro

Bertinoro is half way between Forlì and Cesena, 6 Km away from the national road n. 9 called Via Emilia, right to the East of Forlimpopoli.

By Motorway:

Driving from Bologna or Rimini: get out from the motorway A14 to the Cesena – Nord (Cesena – North) tollbooth and take the national road E 45 directed to Rome as far as the Cesena - Ovest (Cesena - West) exit. Turn right on the national road n. 9 “Via Emilia”, towards Forlì – Bologna. Passing a small town called Capocolle, the way to Bertinoro begins right after the traffic light, on the left. The way from the Cesena tollbooth to Bertinoro takes about 12 Km.

Check Autostrade (Motorways) to get further information about distances and tolls.

By train:

Bologna—Rimini line: if you catch Express, Eurostar or Inter-City trains you must get off at Forlì station. Afterwards, it is possible to take a taxi (+39 0543 31111) or a bus – Line 134 – to Bertinoro  that is about 13 km far.

On monday, june 25, a shuttle service will be made available for those going from Forli railway station to Bertinoro. Details will follow.

Check Trenitalia (National Railways) for updated timetables.

By Public Transportation:

From Forlì (Bus station next to the railway station) there are several daily connections to Bertinoro. Click on the link Autobus pubblici (public buses) to get further information.

By Plane:

Aeroporto di Forlì (Forlì airport), that is about 5 Km far from the University Centre, is well connected with the main European capitals.

Aeroporto di Bologna (Bologna airport), that is about 80 Km far from the University Centre, is an important international airport.