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Postcard: Finding Peace in Bertinoro, Italy

written by Penny Sadler

Bertinoro as seen from the Bishop's Fortress. @PennySadler 2013

I’m finally back! This is the first in a series of stories and
photographs about my recent trip to the province of Forli/Cesena in
the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.

Since ancient times, Emilia Romagna has been an agricultural area,
making it quite easy to colonize. As cultivation of the rich farmlands
grew, the expansion of the Roman empire followed.

Today every aspect of food production, from cultivating the seeds to
packaging the final product, is a big part of the culture of this

Traveling from Bologna to in Bertinoro, I saw farmland and forests,
and here and there, a castle watching over it all. Bertinoro would be
my base camp for the next five days.

I was hosted in the old Bishop’s fortress, now the University
Residential Center of Education and Research at Bertinoro
. Once a
strategic military defense due to it’s elevation and unobstructed view of the
valley, in the 11th century Bertinoro became a place know for its hospitality, a tradition which is evident today in the friendly and helpful locals.

I didn’t get to see much of this well preserved medieval town, as I was there
to work with the Settimana Buon Vivere blog project, and
each day was spent learning about the history and culture of

But every day as I drove down the hillside, I’d catch glimpses of
vineyards ready for harvesting, fruit orchards, ancient stone walls,
and castles overlooking this serenely blessed landscape.

The beautiful scenery you see in this photograph is typical of the
entire area. I couldn’t get enough of it, and longed for time to just
rest my eyes in the various hues of soothing blues and greens. Some
mornings there would be a light fog over the valley, creating a truly
mystical ambiance that seemed to resonate with the origins of the old
bishop’s fortress.

It seemed a place meant to relax into life, a place to find peace. I
wonder if those that sought refuge here in the past felt the same?

At the end of each day, no matter where we were or how far we had
driven, I could always spot Bertinoro, a sentinel over the valley.

I have so much more to tell you about the food, wine and the
history of the area. I visited a family owned vineyard, Alta Vita,
where I caught a glimpse of what it was like to live and work on the
land, and took the healing waters at Terme Della Fratte, a hotel/spa
where you can receive wellness treatments, do sports, or just relax.

I’m certain there is something for everyone in this truly lovely area
of Italy. I’ll be back shortly, to tell you more.

Disclosure: This post was a part of Buonvivere Blog Tour, organized by Settimana del Buonvivere in collaboration with 21grammy.

©PennySadler 2013. All rights reserved.

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Terry at Overnight New York October 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I like your phrase “it seems a great place to relax into life.” Most apt, it seems.

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Micki at The Barefoot Nomad October 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Oh, you had me at “food, wine and the history”. 🙂 It sounds lovely.

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Mary @ Green Global Travel October 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Bertinoro sounds lovely. I wish you had more photos to share.

Penny Sadler October 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Me too Mary. Me too.

Cacinda Maloney October 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

Bertinoro was lovely in my brief time there. I did get a chance to stroll the streets and take a few photos! Would love to go back…

Cat of Sunshine and Siestas October 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm

A truly beautiful region – no wonder the blog trip was called Good Living Week!

wanderingeducators October 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

just gorgeous!! can’t wait to learn more!!

Dale October 21, 2013 at 10:08 am

Having spent some time in Emilia Romagna last month I know all about the beauty which you saw and know that you must have absolutely loved your time there.

Cathy Sweeney October 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

I think I know just the spot where you took that beautiful photo. Bertinoro has a very special feel to it and I think you captured its essence well in your post.

Maria October 17, 2013 at 9:03 am

farmland and forests and a castle, oh my! Quite a variety and truly a beautiful shot.


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