Have a look at the photos to get an impression of how exciting is was :-) Michael Frey and Stefan Grösbrink are the winners of the programming contest. Congrats!
The program of the school is online (still subject to changes)!
The list of participants is online... see who's going to be around!
Bertinoro International Centre for Informatics
BiCi, the Bertinoro International Centre for Informatics, is located in the small medieval hilltop town of Bertinoro in Italy, close to the Adriatic coast and about 50km east of Bologna from where it can be easily reached. The summer school takes place in a castle on top of the central peak that has been converted into a modern conference centre. Participants will stay in guestrooms in the fortress and in a nearby ancient seminary.
How to Get There
The University Residential Center is located at Via Frangipane, 6 in Bertinoro (Telephone: +39 0543 446500 Fax: +39 0543 446599). Bertinoro lies approximately half-way between Bologna and the Adriatic coast town of Rimini. Here is a Google Earth place mark to locate the BiCi complex in Bertinoro. If you are arriving by car, you can obtain driving instructions from most starting points using Google Maps.
For those flying in, the nearest major airport is the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi International Airport (BLQ), which has good connectivity to many major European locations. You may also want to check for flights to Forlì (FRL) and Rimini (RMI) Airports, reachable from several European cities especially via low cost companies.
Another possibility, especially for those arriving from North America, is to arrive at one of the two Milan airports (which have direct flights from a number North American cities) then proceed to the Milan Central Train Station, take a train to Forlì, and from there continue by taxi to Bertinoro. Train schedules can be found here.
If you arrive at Rimini Airport, you should take a train (direction Bologna or Milan), get off at Cesena (about a 20-minute trip), and then take a taxi to Bertinoro.
If you arrive at Forlì 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 to Bertinoro by Taxi
This is going to cost you about 140 EUR, including highway tolls, but it becomes an affordable option if you share it with a group of 3-4 people. For more detailed information, consult or call CoTaBo Taxi.
Bologna Airport to 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:
- Special "Aerobus" service. The bus runs from 06.00 to 23.35 and makes only 5 stops in the city, the last one being the train station ("Stazione FS"). Tickets may be purchased on board (4,50 EUR). The trip takes around 25 minutes. Between the hours 08.00 and 20.00, the frequency of the bus is approximately once every 15 minutes.
- Taxi. The trip takes around 15 minutes (barring traffic jams) and should cost less than 20 EUR.
Bologna Train Station to Forlì Train Station
Numerous trains run between Bologna and Forlì. The trip takes 30-45 minutes depending on the train type. Please make sure that you get off at Forlì station and not Forlimpopoli (which is indeed closer to Bertinoro but has no bus service for continuing your trip). For complete train departure times and further information, please consult the Italian Railways web site.
Forlì Train Station to Bertinoro
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.
Spending the Night in Bologna
On your way to or back from Bertinoro you may have to spend a night in Bologna. If you are lucky, you can find a room in the very nice, wonderfully located and inexpensive University Guest House. We highly recommend it. The only problem is finding a room. Email bookings are possible through the above site. Otherwise you have to resort to a hotel. You may book on-line in one of the hotels in the city center. Try a 3-star hotel, for example Hotel Paradise.