Ruffo di Calabria

The House of Ruffo di Calabria[1] is one of the longest-standing noble families in Italy. It was already one of the seven most important houses of the Kingdom of Naples;[2] their notable members include Rembrandt's patron Antonio Ruffo, the flying ace Fulco Ruffo di Calabria and his daughter Paola Ruffo di Calabria, queen-consort of Albert II of Belgium.

The family coat of arms
Stone version of the Ruffo di Calabria coat of arms at castello Ruffo di Scilla (Reggio Calabria)
Motto: Omnia bene.
Blazon: Troncato, cuneato d'argento e di nero, il capo caricato di tre conchiglie al naturale


Byzantine hypothesisEdit

Norman hypothesisEdit

Counts of Montalto and CoriglianoEdit

Counts of Sinopoli and Princes of ScillaEdit

Minor branchesEdit

Castles, palaces and villasEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ruffo di Calabria family" (in Italian).
  2. ^ (in Italian) Archivio di Stato di Napoli scheda famiglia Sanseverino Archived December 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine B. Filangieri di Candida Gonzaga, op.cit, ad voces; Spreti, op.cit, ad voces)