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Bertinoro and the Column of Hospitality

Bertinoro is located on the hilltop of the Romagna area, between the cities of Forlì and Cesena. Even if many roman ruins were dug up, Bertinoro was founded by a group of Benedict monks coming from Britain who, at the beginning of the 7th century, built the Castrum Brittanorum, which is the ancient name of the city. Thanks to its strategic location, Bertinoro was sought-after by different feudal families living in the surrounding area, until it was progressively absorbed by the Papal. Beginning in the 13th century, the judge Guido del Duca wanted Bertinoro to be renowned for its hospitality, therefore he built the “Column of Hospitality”. The column has twelve rings, there are as many as the noble families living in Bertinoro: every time a pilgrim would arrive in Bertinoro, he would tie his horse at one of the rings and thus become the guest of that family. The value of hospitality is also underlined by Dante in canto XIV of the Purgatory and by Boccaccio in the novel with Lizio da Balbona: hospitality is an extremely important value inside the civil society, and the guests are warmly welcomed in the community. Nowadays, this value is pursued in Bertinoro also through the activities organized by the University Residential Centre and by the Interfaith Museum.

The University Centre

The University Centre is unique in its location on the hilltop of Bertinoro which also offers stunning views. The Centre is set in three historical buildings within easy reach:

  • the Bishop’s Fortress
  • the Rivellino
  • the former Episcopal Seminary

The Bishop’s Fortress

Thanks to its strategic position, which overlooks the entire valley, the Bishop’s Fortress was one the most fearful fortresses during the Middle Age. In the 10th century, the Fortress was built by the military forces; in the 15th century, it was developed by the Malatesta family and in 1581 the bishop Giovanni Caligari moved there. Since the end of the 16th century until 1969, all the bishops of Bertinoro lived there.

The Fortress is provided with:

  • 6 classrooms, on the main and second floor (wi-fi, projector, microphones);
  • 1 computer lab for frontal lessons (24 computers, professor’s desk, projector, microphones);
  • 21 guests rooms: 16 single rooms, 4 twin rooms, 1 double bedroom (wi-fi, lan, A/C, private bathroom)

Each teaching space can be equipped according to the need of the lecturer. Some teaching spaces on the main floor present original frescoes ranging from 15th to 17th centuries.

The Rivellino

The Rivellino was the military outpost of the Fortress. It was built in 1525 in order to connect the city walls. The Rivellino was one of the first building to be renovated; nowadays it is completely dedicated to the didactic activity of Ce.U.B. The Rivellino facilities are:

  • 3 classrooms, provided with: wi-fi, video-projector, microphones;
  • 1 common room area for relax and coffee break;
  • 1 computer lab provided with 20 computers (free use).

All the places of the Rivellino can be provided with different facilities according to the organizational needs of the lecturer. There are two large balconies with a picturesque scenery on the valleys, the landscape stretches to the borders with Tuscany region. The computer lab located in the former armoury is freely accessible to the Centre’s guests, but it can also be reserved for frontal lectures; the lab is also provided with projector and microphone.

The former Episcopal Seminary

The former Episcopal Seminary is located in an ancient cloister which dates back to the 18th century. The former Seminary has been completely renovated; now it holds the accommodations and some classrooms of Ce.U.B.. It is provided with:

  • 34 single rooms (wi-fi, Lan, private bathroom);
  • 31 twin rooms (wi-fi, Lan, private bathroom);
  • 1 double bedroom (wi-fi, Lan, private bathroom);
  • internal canteen with a capacity which can host up to 200 people; it serves breakfast, lunch and, only on request, dinner;
  • 1 special events venue for parties, in the past it was the chapter house of the Monastery of Corpus Domini (capacity 120 pp.);
  • 2 common rooms for relax, where it possible to taste the exquisite food of Bertinoro area;
  • park of 10 acres surrounded by century-old cedar trees and 18th century city walls.

The complex of the former Seminary offers two unique didactic rooms:

  • St. Sylvester Hall: in the past this place was a church, it is next to the accommodations and close to the Bishop’s Fortress.
  • Theatre Hall: it is next to the accommodations and close to the Bishop's.