Antonio Violi

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The ghost town of Roghudi Vecchio (Old Roghudi), Calabria, Italy.

Back to Old Roghudi

Old Roghudi is a ghost town. Lonely and distant. A great place to get lost with a camera.

Roghudi was once a lively village among the mountains of Calabria, southern Italy. Its inhabitants were shepherds and farmers. The people of Roghudi belonged to the Calabrian Greek linguistic minority. In 1971, floods and landslides forced them to leave the village. Old Roghudi (Roghudi Vecchio in Italian) is now a ghost town. This is one of the most suggestive places I’ve ever visited.

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.

The abandoned village of Roghudi Vecchio in the Aspromonte Mountains, Calabria, Italy

Greek of Calabria

The people of Old Roghudi belonged to the Griko minority. They spoke Calabrian Greek. This Greek dialect is still spoken in southern Calabria and is now at great risk of extinction. The abandonment of Old Roghudi has accelerated the end of this language and its culture.


The Abandonment

In 1971, floods and landslides forced the people of Roghudi to leave the old village. In the beginning they were relocated in many different places. Years later, the displaced people of Roghudi were finally reunited in the new town of Roghudi, near the Ionian coast. Some of them still speak Calabrian Greek.


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