SFM-09:WS will be held in the medieval hilltop town of Bertinoro. This town is in Emilia Romagna, about 70 km south-east of Bologna, at an elevation of about 230 m. It can be reached in a couple of hours from the international airport "G. Marconi" of Bologna by shuttle (from the airport to the railway station) + train (from Bologna to Forlì) + bus (from "Forlì Punto Bus", which is 100 m on the left from the railway station, to Bertinoro) or taxi. The closest airport is the "L. Ridolfi" airport of Forlì, which is only 13 km away (a shuttle goes to Forlì railway station 40 min after every arrival).
Bertinoro is close to many splendid locations such as Urbino, Gradara, San Leo, and the Republic of San Marino, as well as some less well-known locations like the thermal springs of Fratta Terme.
Bertinoro can also be a base for visiting some of the better-known Italian locations such as Bologna, Ravenna, Rimini, Ferrara, Venezia, Padova, Verona, Firenze, Pisa, and Siena.
Bertinoro itself is picturesque, with its narrow streets and walkways winding around the central peak. The school will be held at the Centro Residenziale Universitario (CRU), an ex-episcopal fortress that has been converted by the University of Bologna into a modern conference center with computing facilities and Internet access. From the fortress it is possible to enjoy a beautiful vista stretching from the Apennines to the Adriatic coast and the Alps over the Po Valley.