For a relaxing break in the heart of Romagna, your destination is the Balcony of Romagna, in other words: Bertinoro!
Besides boasting one of the most characteristic panoramas in Emilia-Romagna, Bertinoro is also renowned for being a City of Hospitality. Come and find out why.
Your relaxing and adventurous day in Bertinoro begins in the central Piazza della Libertà. As well as being the heart of the town and home to the Colonna dell'Ospitalità [Hospitality Column], from here the view is so breath-taking that it has earned the city the nickname the Balcony of Romagna.
Inside the ancient Rocca, or the fortress of Bertinoro you’ll find the Interreligious Foundation Museum, a one-of-a-kind museum in Italy exhibiting a collection of precious objects from all the major religions in the Mediterranean, i.e. Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Continue down Harvest Street and Lost Crafts Street, where local artists display their work, bringing the streets’ historic names to life. The former, Via Vendemini, is a 100-metre lane hung with seven paintings related to harvesting. The latter, Via dei Mestieri Scomparsi, is at the beginning of Via delle Mura, and hosts six paintings by contemporary artists celebrating Bertinoro’s ancient traditions and handicrafts.
Let’s not forget the craftsmanship of the sfogline, skilled cooks of unforgettable pasta dishes who pass down the noble art of handmade dough from generation to generation. You should also try one of Romagna’s most popular dishes, the piadina, a type of wrap made with the Italian version of a flour tortilla freshly prepared at various kiosks around town.
If strolling through Bertinoro’s warm and welcoming atmosphere isn’t enough to make you leave your cares behind, then you’re in need of an afternoon at the spa. You’ll find it in Fratta Terme, a hamlet of Bertinoro also reachable via foot and cycle paths.
After a good dose of health and wellness treatments, it’s time for you to explore the vineyards surrounding this charming village. Nearly a thousand hectares of grapevines encircle the town, including Sangiovese and Albana, Refosco and Bombino bianco, as well as the indigenous Cagnina and Pagadebit. The wines made at these vineyards perfectly pair with the sfoglines’ dishes and piadina wraps.
But what about adventure? No fear! At Fratta Terme you’ll also find Around Adventure, an outdoor adventure park where you can challenge yourself with suspended trails and acrobatic itineraries. You can move about with ropes, nets, footbridges, cableways and pathways suspended between trees. For you adventurous souls, it’s just what the doctor ordered!