Second International Conference on

FEBRUARY 16th - 18th, 2003
(Residential Centre of the University of Bologna)

The Conference will be held at the Residential Centre of the University of Bologna, located in Bertinoro - a pleasent, small medieval town on the Appennini at about one our train from Bologna.

Bertinoro is about 50km east of Bologna at an elevation of about 230m.  It is easily reached by train and taxi from Bologna and is close to many splendid Italian locations such as Ravenna, Rimini on the Adriatic coast, and the Republic of San Marino (all within 35km) as well as some less well-known locations like the thermal springs of Fratta Terme and the castle and monastic gardens of Monte Maggio.  Bertinoro can also be a base for visiting some of the better-known Italian locations such as Padua, Ferrara, Vicenza, Venice, Florence and Siena.

Bertinoro itself is picturesque, with many narrow streets and walkways winding around the central peak.  The School will be held in an ex-Episcopal fortress that has been converted by the University of Bologna into an ultramodern conference center with computing facilities and Internet access.  From the fortress you can enjoy a beautiful vista that stretches from the Tuscan Apennines to the Adriatic coast and the Alps over the Po Valley.

How to reach Bertinoro

Bertinoro lies approximately half-way between Bologna and the Adriatic coast town of Rimini.


For those flying in, the best served airport for arrival is the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi International Airport (BLQ). You may also want to check if you can arrive directly at Forlì airport (FRL) which is much closer to Bertinoro but has very limited scheduled flights. Ryanair is known to have flights from Frankfurt to Forlì.

If you arrive at Forlė airport, probably the easiest option for reaching Bertinoro is to hire a taxi.

If you arrive at Bologna airport or train station, proceed as indicated below.

Bologna Airport or Train Station --> Bertinoro by Taxi

This is going to cost you about 140 EURO, including highway tolls, but it becomes an affordable option if you share it with a group of 3-4 people. For more precise information about the price you can call the Taxi Companies.

Bologna Airport --> Bologna Center and Train Station

Guglielmo Marconi International Airport, which serves Bologna, is about 10 km to the north-west of the city center. From the airport, you have two options for reaching the train station near the city center:

Bologna Train Station --> Forlì Train Station

Numerous trains run between Bologna and Forlì; the trip takes 30-45 minutes depending on the train type. For departure times and further information, please consult the Italian Railways web site.

Forlì Train Station --> Bertinoro

A shuttle service will be organized for the Conference. If no shutlle is available, the simplest way to reach Bertinoro from Forlì is to take a bus. The bus station (located in "via Oriani") is about 200 mt. from the train station. Buses run from 07.10 (09.10 on Sundays) to 19.35 (19.10 on Sundays). The trip takes around 25 minutes. Another option for reaching Bertinoro from the Forlì train station is to take a taxi. The trip should cost around 20 EURO.


In the Guestrooms
44 rooms - 17 single and 27 double with tv, telephone, private bathroom and connection with the data processing centre.TV room, reading room , bar self service, lounge, laundry

In the Fortress
21 rooms - 17 single and 4 double with tv, telephone, private bathroom and connection with the data processing centre, living room. In case of necessity accommodation can also be provided in two city hotels or in private fatlets. Assistance is prmanently on duty in case of need.

The Restaurant

The Conference fee will cover half-board accomodation.

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Andrea Asperti
Last modified: January 13th, 2002