OF THE COMMUNE OF SALVE
Ruggiano is a
small village under the administration of Salve. We are not certain about the
origins of the village: it
probably founded by the Roman centurion Rugerio or after the destruction of the
old town of Vereto. The name of the village comes from the Latin word
"rus-ruris" which means countryside. The Parish Church is dedicated to St Elia,
the patron saint of the village but the population of this small village is also
deeply devoted to St Marina, solemnly celebrated on July 16th and 17th.
The Sanctuary of St Marina dates to the 16th century and has two
finely decorated portals. Inside the church, the tourist can admire the statue
of the saint crushing the head of a green dragon. St Marina is believed to
protect those who suffer from jaundice and used to come in pilgrimage to visit
the saint to be healed. Other two chapel worth visiting are the Chapel of Our
Lady of the Sorrow (19th century) and The Chapel of Our Lady of
Constantinople (18th century).