City of Rutigliano: centuries of history in the heart of Puglia.
Rutigliano is located in the center of the Puglia region, and has been for centuries an agricultural and commercial center in the south east of Bari.
Located a few kilometers from the most beautiful beaches of Polignano and Monopoli and the forest of Mercadante, it has seen the succession of various eras: Swabians, Normans, Angevins, Aragonese, Spanish and Bourbons have contributed, from an architectural point of view, to making this Apulian locality what it is today.
The ancient tradition of terracotta makes Rutigliano the home of the workshops of the figuli, where whistles, vases, pans and other objects are produced. For over 50 years, Rutigliano has also been known for the Grape Festival which takes place on the last Sunday of September. Among the other village festivals, very prestigious is that of the Whistle which takes place on January 17th, organized in honor of S. Antonio Abate protector of animals. Furthermore, every first Sunday of each month the antiques market takes place in the streets of Rutigliano.
Evocative is also the tradition of the night of December 23, when singers and musicians pour into the streets and fill the streets with Christmas lullabies addressed to the baby Jesus.
The Norman castle is the main place of interest in the city followed by civil and religious architectural constructions and the wonderful farms, of which Puglia is a precious treasure chest.