Comune di Roghudi
The main feature of this village is its being divided into two different parts, quite distant from one another. The first is close to Melito di Porto Salvo, whereas the second, the now abandoned Roghudi Vecchio, is located inland on the Southern mountainside of Aspromonte. A folkloric anecdote is often told in relation to the huge nails which come out of the outer walls of many houses there: according to it, lengths of rope were tied to the nail heads on one end and to the ankles of playing children on the other, in order to prevent them from falling off the towering ravine surrounding the old town.
Its isolated geographical location contributed to the survival of the local dialect, in which all the main features of neo-Greek idioms are detectable. From the perspective of ethnographic and folkloric studies, this is what makes Roghudi one of the most interesting places in this area. A part of Roghudi that is especially worth visiting is the district of Chorio, inhabited by broom-wood weavers and carvers who employ all the traditional Greek and Latin decorations in the production of their handy-crafts. Two interesting geologic structures, the “rock of the Greek” and the so-called “milk furnaces”, can be found 4 kilometres away from Chorio, in a location from which the whole valley of Greek Calabria can be admired.
The pecorino cheese is one of the most important local food products. The traditional recipes of Roghudi include the goat stew, the delicious goat meat sauce and a wide selection of Christmas fruit desserts.