Before you go to Roghudi Vecchio, please read through the following and make sure you are comfortable driving on unpaved roads which are often broken (on the valley side) and frequently covered with rockfalls. This should be a health warning for almost all roads in the Aspromonte.
A beautiful drive into the Aspromonte National Park will take you to little villages like Bagaladi and San Lorenzo. Between those villages you can find an excellent agriturismo at the side of the road called Agriturismo “Vencirolo” di Nucera Lucia (find them on facebook). Don’t go if you don’t like dogs but do go if you like real Calabrian food.
Follow the signs to Roccaforte del Greco (pop. 640) which is a little bit tumbledown but still interesting because of the road signs in Greek and most of the locals appear to only speak the Greek based dialect.
For some reason, everywhere you go in the Aspromonte will have a sign to Roccaforte so it must be a very popular destination for some people. However we only found one paved road so you would need a serious 4WD on most of those tracks.
Keep going through Roccaforte, along the broken road, past the sheep, across the crumbling bridge over the dried up river bed and you’ll get to Roghudi Vecchio, abandoned in 1973 followingtwo floods.
Apparently there is one man who lives in Roghudi as a kind of guardian but we went past houses with doors swinging off creaking hinges and slamming shut with the wind. Inside were sleeping bags and empty beer bottles so we decided there was probably more than one person hanging around there but none that we could see.
Roghudi is the sort of place where you are on your own but feel a hundred pairs of eyes on you. Not everyone’s cup of tea but again, a very photogenic place and if you are happy to risk the roads (and a very creepy atmosphere), you should go.