Visit Ruvo di Puglia, once famous for its red and black pottery

Photo of Ruvo di Puglia (Puglia region)

Visit Ruvo di Puglia

Ruvo di Puglia is part of the National park of Alta Murgia in the Puglia region of southern Italy. It is surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and woods of downy oak trees.

Explore Ruvo di Puglia

Ruvo di Puglia is not really a tourist destination but has an attractive old centre with lots of narrow lanes and a few monuments worth seeing.

Until the 2nd century BC Ruvo was celebrated for its distinctive pottery inspired by the black and red colours of Attic and Corinthian pottery. More than 2000 ceramics can be seen in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale Jatte.

The other major site is Ruvo's 13th century cathedral. Have a good look at the main doorway which is decorated with some fabulous statues of Griffins. The cathedral is built in a simple late Romanesque cathedral but has a lot of carved decorations on the outside. It also has a fine 16th century Rose Window. Inside are capitals carved with Romanesque sculptures of animals and beasts and also fragments of Gothic frescoes.

Frescoes in Ruvo di Puglia

Underneath the church are Roman tombs with frescoes and mosaics, including the fresco of Peucetians women dancing.

Next to the cathedral is a tall square bell-tower with defensive origins.

In the autumn the pavements of Ruvo di Puglia are strewn with almonds, laid out in order to dry under the warm Italian sun.

Places to Visit Nearby

Be sure to visit the surrounding national park known for its rocky steppe grasslands, forests and sinkholes. The unusual hexagonal castle of Castel del Monte is also in the national park.

 

See also:

Map of Ruvo di Puglia and places to visit

Ruvo di Puglia places to visit

See more places nearby in the Puglia guide