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Located a few kilometers from Via Emila, on the top of Mount Cesubeo, stands Bertinoro. Considered the "Balcony of Romagna" but not only, the town retains its medieval aspect, due to the presence of walls, towers and ancient houses. "City of Hospitality" par excellence, Bertinoro also has the recognition of City of Wine.
  • Village with castle
  • Village with towers
  • Thermal village
  • Camper parking area
  • Authentic Italian villages
  • City of wine
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A look at Bertinoro
A look at Bertinoro
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About the village

Bertinoro, part of the Authentic Villages of Italy, is located on the hills of Romagna a few kilometers from the Via Emila, on the top of Mount Cesubeo.
Considering the splendid panoramic view that you can enjoy from Bertinoro, it is also defined as Balcony of Romagna.
Of medieval origin, the citadel is rich in walls, towers and ancient houses.

According to a legend, it would seem that Galla Placidia, daughter of the Emperor Theodosius, passing through these places, tasted a wine served in a humble cup,and said: «Wine, not so crude chalice you are worthy of, but of drinking you in gold», hence the name of the city.

The origins of the village are very likely dating back to prehistoric times, thanks to the discovery of the remains of a well, in the locality of Panighina, about two kilometers from the center of Bertinoro.
Among the remains, bowls and other objects that testify some cults related to healing waters stand out. In the High Middle Ages the peaks of Mount Cesubeo and Monte Maggio were equipped with a defensive fortification.
During the reign of Otto III, the archbishop of Ravenna, whose influence reached these lands, ordered the demolition of the fortress of Monte Maggio, obliging its inhabitants to move to the Castrum Cesubeum, which later became Castrum Brittinori.

In the millennial fortress on Mount Cesubeo, emperor Federico Barbarossa stayed in 1177 with his court and his militia, which then became a bishop's seat from 1584.
Even today the defensive structure keeps its medieval aspect well preserved. Inside there are the offices and apartments of the ancient bishop's residence, a large terrace facing the village and the great seventeenth-century room decorated with Baroque frescoes.

Today the Rocca  houses also the University Residential Center of the Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna and the Interreligious Museum.

Bertinoro is the "City of hospitality" par excellence, thanks to the tradition of the Column of the twelve rings and, thanks to its wines, it has the recognition of "City of Wine". The cooking is full of first courses created by the hands of the sfogline, who work the dough with a rolling pin. Freshly prepared, in the various kiosks of the town, is piadina, a typical bread from Romagna.

Village of Bertinoro
Municipality of Bertinoro
Province of Forlì-Cesena
Emilia Romagna region
Inhabitants: 10.947 bertinoresi
Altitude center: 254 m s.l.m.
the Municipality is part of:
Borghi Autentici d'Italia
Città del vino 
Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori dei Colli di Forlì Cesena
Piazza Liberta', 1 - tel: 0543469111
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  • From Bologna or Rimini: take the A14 highway and exit at Cesena-Nord; take the E 45 towards Rome to the Cesena Ovest exit; continue on the SS 9 Via Emilia towards Forlì - Bologna; after the town of Capocolle follow for Bertinoro.


  • Forlì or Cesena station


  • Forlì airport
  • Rimini airport
  • Bologna airport


  • Port of Cesenatico FC
  • Port of Rimini
  • Ports of Ravenna

Travel proposals in Bertinoro and in its territory

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Live a unique experience at Tenuta La Viola in Bertinoro. Walk through the vineyard, visit the winery, and taste high quality wines with local products.
Interested villages: Bertinoro

Sleep, eat, buy...

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december, 2023
to wednesday 8 january 2025

Crib in the cave under the ancient walls

july, 2024

Piadina Night

september, 2024

Feast of Hospitality

november, 2024

Santa Caterina

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