Back in Old Roghudi

The ghost town of Roghudi Vecchio (Old Roghudi) is one of my favorite places. Nevertheless, it’s been several years since my last visit. Located in a deep gorge of the Aspromonte massif, the road to get there is awful, too bad for my small city car.

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The abandoned village lies on a rocky ridge overlooking the Amendolea stream. Steep mountainside slopes surround the village. Quite isolated, Roghudi Vecchio has been one of the last villages inhabited by the Greek-Calabrian linguistic minority.

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A series of landslides caused the final abandonment of the village in 1973 and the population was transferred to a new town near the Ionian coast. Nowadays, Old Roghudi  seems to me, above all, a witness to an old way of living now lost forever. Perhaps more on a human scale.

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