Bertinoro is known as the ‘Balcony of Romagna’ for its splendid view on the sea and the hills; it is also a historic village which has kept its ancient structure, with cobbled alleys and foreshortened views of the past. The heart of Bertinoro is the large and elegant Piazza della Libertà (Square of Liberty) which on one side opens out to the plain of Romagna and on the other one lines up the Cathedral, the Town Hall, the Tower and the Column of the Rings.
Underneath the square there is the Museum–Wine Shop Ca’ de Be’, where the Bell of the Albana is to be found: this bronze bell, showing high relieves representing the grape harvest, was cast in 1987 when the wine Albana di Romagna was awarded the D.O.C.G.
The age-old fortress dominates the hill: after a careful restoration, it now houses the University Centre of the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna and is the seat of the Inter-religious Museum.
Since 2011 Bertinoro is also seat of the ‘Historic Reserve’ of Sangiovese Di Romagna, a precious deposit where the best vintages of the Sangiovese wines from Romagna are stored.
Bertinoro is also wellness; in fact, immersed in the green of thirteen acres of park and completely renovated in 2008, rises the SPA of Fratta Terme, with its great variety of sources.
Bertinoro and Romagna are the cradle of many renowned food products: the ‘pit cheese’ (formaggio di fossa), with unique aroma characteristics; the ‘squacquerone’, a soft paste cheese; the ‘piadina’, sort of local bread; the bread of Romagna; the ‘savor’, a sort of jam made of grape must and fruit in season: nuts, pears, dried fruit, figs, candied fruit and so on; the extra virgin olive oil.
All of this, together with top quality wine production, puts Bertinoro at the centre of food and wine tourism.
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