Rubi Antiqua introduces itself to the town of Ruvo di Puglia

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The presentation conference of the Rubi Antiqua project to the town of Ruvo di Puglia has just ended.

In the council room of the town hall, the French delegation, coordinated by the young archaeologist Daniela Ventrelli has described the details of this interesting French-Italian cooperation.

The mayor Vito Nicola Ottombrini and the councillor to culture and tourism Pasquale Depalo have done the honours. The councillor introduced the interventions of the delegates.

“In the case of Rubi Antiqua we have to speak about the mobility of brains rather than of their escape. The European opportunities have to be taken without forgetting the origins”, he began, referring to the huge work involved in creating the network and the relationships among the public and private international institutions realized by Dr Ventrelli.

To tell the truth, the relationship between Ruvo di Puglia and France has distant origins: from this town 13 French knights departed towards Barletta for the famous Challenge.

Then, Dr Annavita Perrone has taken the floor, as representative of the Culture and Tourism Department of Region Apulia. Mrs Perrone has nicely remembered the moment of the first contact between the regional institution and the young Barese archaeologist and how, with perseverance and self-denial, they ensured the realization of the project. An important project for the cultural and tourist outreach on the territory of Ruvo and the Apulian region in general.

Subsequently Mrs Rosamaria Jatta has taken the floor, and has spoken in particular about the details of the history behind Rubi Antiqua. A lengthy history, going back to when 14 years ago the graduand Daniela Ventrelli asked to write her thesis about the treasures of the Jatta museum. Mrs Jatta highlighted the potential of an exhibition about the collecting of Ruvo in Paris as an injection of courage for a community that, like all the others, is facing a period of crisis.

She participated in following the French delegation that, just like during the press conference yesterday in Bari has substantially highlighted how Ruvo stands among the places to visit within the archaeological studies. In particular Prof François Lissarrague has defined this experience “a new birth”, after 40 years of studies and researches.

Daniela Ventrelli subsequently described the project in its specific lines, from the aims to the expected results, that is the recovery and the recreation of the itinerary of pieces of history linked to the archaeological site of Ruvo and to the European intellectuals and collectors that have frequented this territory in the past.

The event was closed by the mayor Ottombrini who thanked the delegation for the visit.

“True beauty belongs to everyone and is destined to the places where it can be better exhibited and shared” the mayor said, expressing the strong wish to host at Caputi Palace and the Dominican Monastery an exhibition of the finds that can make Ruvo di Puglia famous at an international level.

“We do not have to see our history as relics to archive but as living material, liberation for our community” the mayor ended, giving Dr Ventrelli a parchment containing the request for cultural and artistic twinning with the municipality of Paris.

The conference, organized by the Municipality of Ruvo di Puglia, was also promoted by Gal Murgiapiù, by Cantine Crifo and by  the consortium of operators in the catering field Eat of Ruvo.

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