Emilia Romagna Castles

Bishop's Fortress of Bertinoro

The Bishop's Fortress of Bertinoro, built around the middle of the 10th century in Emilia-Romagna, a few kilometres from Forlimpopoli, is located on a hill 247 metres above sea level. It retains well-preserved its original medieval structure with a defensive function. In the oldest part of the manor, in the spaces of the dungeons and cisterns, is the Interfaith Museum dedicated to the dialogue between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The 15 rooms of the itinerary offer the possibility of reliving the experiences that led to the birth of monotheism. Like Moses, through installations and sensory experiences, it will be possible to enter the Holy of Holies and discover the secrets of the Ark of the Covenant.

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In the evocative medieval rooms, visitors will see the original works of art of the monotheistic religions. It will be possible to encounter the art of great masters such as Rembrandt, Francesco Messina and Giacomo Manzù. 
The Fortress of Bertinoro dominated, in the late 12th and early 13th century, by some of the most important Ghibelline families of Romagna, the Ordelaffi, lords of Forlì and proud opponents of the expansionist policy of the Papacy in Romagna, hosted Dante Alighieri in the first years of his exile. It is plausible to say that Dante's stay in the castle was a lasting one.


Bishop's Fortress of Bertinoro - Bertinoro Bishop Castle photo credits: |Salvatore Mirabella| - Ufficio New Media dell'Università di Bologna