Roghudi was a small village among the mountains of Calabria, southern Italy. In 1971, floods and landslides forced residents to leave the hamlet. Old Roghudi (Roghudi Vecchio) is now a ghost town, one of the most suggestive places I’ve ever visited. A great location to take pictures.
Reaching Old Roghudi is not easy. The ghost town is located in one of the most isolated and wild areas of the Aspromonte mountains. Once there, the view is impressive. The ruins of the old village extend along a rocky ridge overlooking the river bed. Solitude is absolute. Only the cicadas break the silence.
Greek of Calabria
Isolated between the mountains, Roghudi people spoke a Greek dialect. This Greek of Calabria language is now at risk of extinction. The abandonment of Roghudi Vecchio accelerated the end of this idiom and its culture.
In 1971, floods and landslides forced the inhabitants to leave the old village. Years later the displaced people moved to the new town of Roghudi Nuovo (New Roghudi).