Special CASY Workshop on
“Advances in Control Theory and Applications”

May, 22 - 26, 2006
University of Bologna Residential Centre of Bertinoro, FC, Italy

 About Bertinoro


The first settlement of Bertinoro developed between thye fourth and fifth century AD when the people of a small Roman Municipium on the Emilian Way, took shelter from the Barbarian invasions on the hill near the village.

The name "Castrum Brittinori" dates back to before the year one thousand, under the Kingdom of Ottone III, and it probably comes from the stopovers the pilgrims often made in the peaceful village arriving even from as far away as Britanny and heading towards Rome or returning from here.

According to a legend the people of Bertinoro are fond of, the name of their town might come from Galla Placidia - the Emperor Valentiniano's mother - who wanted to praise the exellence of the local wines. She had been offrered some wine in a rough jug and it is said she exclaimed: "you wine are not worthy of such a rough jug, instead we should drink you in a gold cup". ("bere te in (una coppa) d'oro" - Bertinoro).

Bertinoro is well-known as the "town of hospitality" symbolised by its "Column of Rings", a stone column built in 1300 by the princes Guido del Duca and Arrigo Mainardi (mentioned by Dante Alighieri in canto XIV of Purgatory of the splendour and courtesy of their court) to end the many controversies arising among the noble families of the town over who was to host visitors from abroad.

Some rings-one for each of the noble families living in Bertinoro - were attached to the column: a visitor arriving into town and fastening his horse to one of the rings would directly become the guest of the family associated with that ring. every year, on the first Sunday of September, this centuries-old tradition is still repeated.

General informations

According to tradition, Bertinoro owes its name to the excellent wine produced on its hills. In fact, the phrase that has been handed down says "Non di così rozzo calice sei degno, o vino, ma di Berti in oro".

Forlì, ancient Rome's Forum Livii, stretches along the Via Emilia. Its medieval heart, enclosed in an elliptical plan, is still surrounded by walls with four gateways. Of interest is the 12th century Church of San Mercuriale with its Lombard bell tower. The Romanesque-Gothic Palazzo del Podestà (15th century) and the Palazzina degli Albertini can also be admired.

Typical cuisine: Among the first course pasta dishes there are flavourful tortelli and garganelli; the choice of second courses is influenced by the area's very diffuse aviculture so that the grilled white turkey and chicken meat compares very favourably to the various types of grilled meat in other areas of Romagna. There is cheese produced in the Forlì area and raviggiolo. The excellent sweets include zalett biscuits which are made with corn flour.

Wines: Indigenous to Bertinoro is Albana di Romagna, a wine with a great many potentialities, particularly in its sweet form which goes perfectly with ciambella, the typical cake of Romagna. Another of the little town's important products is Pagadebit, a full-bodied, refined white wine with discreet aromas.

Purchases and souvenirs: The wine is certainly not a product that should be left behind, together with local baked goods such as ciambella and the dry biscuits.

The environs: A few kilometres from Forlì there is the 15th century church of Saint Mary of the Graces in Fornò which has an original circular floor plan.


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