RUVO DEL MONTE

On the borders with Campania, situated on a rocky spur which consents beautiful panoramic views, is where one will find Ruvo del Monte, an ancient centre founded by the Sanniti.

History

It was founded by the Sanniti during the pre-Roman era and known as Rufrasin in Virgil's Aeneid, , therefore Rufrum, Rubrum and also Rubus. The name refers to the numerous landslides and briars in its territory.

It became a stronghold under the Longobards who assigned it to the Earldom of Conza.

During the Swabian era (XIII century), it was administered by the Armaterra family then destroyed during the Ghibelline rebellion of 1268.
It was reconstructed by the new nobles, the Del Balzo family, but once again destroyed by the Caldora family during 1435.

The Gesualdo family reconstructed the Castle (XVI century) and during subsequent centuries it saw alternating control by the following families: Pignatelli, Caracciolo of Torella and Mazzucca.

It adhered to the Republican motions of 1799 and the Unitarian ones during the following century.

A visit to the City

Ruvo del Monte is dominated by the Angioiniansan Tower adjacent to where the 16th century Castle is erected.
Nearby in Piazza Margherita, one can admire the ancient Fontana Vecchia (old fountain).

In the Cerrutolo district, one can visit the ancient Benedictine Abbey of S. Tommaso, which was built between the XIII and the XIV centuries.

The territory of Ruvo moreover, has brought to light finds from the pre-Roman era and in the Sant'Antonio locality, a Necropolis has also surfaced.

Place of interest

The remains of the Angioiniansan Castle; Fontana Vecchia; S. Anna Church; Antiquarium; S. Tommaso Benedictine Abbey in the Cerrutolo locality (XIII century); a Necropolis in the Sant'Antonio locality; A visit to the Medieval centre of Rapone.

Museums

The Museum of Sacred Art

Events

Fireworks for San Giuseppe on 19th March; Blessings the Palms on Palm Sunday; Via Crucis on Good Friday; Corpus Domini Procession.

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