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The first week


Bertinoro is a small town in Northern Italy, just one hour drive from Bologna's international airport. The first week of the CTAO School will take place in a location that dates back to the Medieval times. Ancient documents show in fact that the fortress that will host the lessons was already in place in 995 CE. During the centuries, many different noble families had control of the Fortress, which later became the residency of Bertinoro bishops. Since the Italian Renaissance, in the late XV Century, this place was known not only as a military building, but also as a cultural hub. It hosted a world-famous library (the San Francesco library) and it was a place to promote education. With the goal of keeping alive this historical role, at the end of the 20th century the Fortress was given on free loan to the University of Bologna, which made it the University Residential Centre at Bertinoro (Ce.U.B.)

Corte interna Rocca.jpg
Corte interna Rocca.jpg


Lessons will take place in one of the several meeting rooms of the castle: all rooms are equipped with video-conference systems, Wi-Fi, and AC, while at the same time allowing the students to learn about VHE astrophysics surrounded by frescoes and paintings that date back to the XV Century.


Lodging will also be provided within the Bertinoro Fortress or in close proximity, allowing the students to live a full-immersion experience in an unique setting. Rooms are available both within the Fortress and in the former Episcopal Seminary, which is situated a few steps away from the fortress. The guesthouse is also equipped with a reading room, a 24-hour gym, a laundromat, a TV room, and a cafeteria which will host lunches and dinners during the week.

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