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".
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
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.
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
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.
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.