“Greko is a variety of Greek spoken in southern Calabria (Italy). 
In literature, it is referred to as Grecanico, Calabrian Greek, Italiot-Greek, Griko, or Bovese. Its speakers refer to their language as Greko when speaking Greko, while they use the terms Grecanico, Greco/Greko, Greco-calabro, Calabro-greco, greco di Calabria when speaking Italian […] The last Greko-speaking villages are Bova, Gallicianò, Amendolea, Roccaforte del Greco, and Rochudi. These are isolated mountain villages on the slopes of the Aspromonte Massif on the Ionian coast of the province of Reggio Calabria.

Environmental disasters and socioeconomic factors led or forced many people to move out of these villages. Today, therefore, Greko is mostly spoken in Condofuri (in particular in the district of Gallicianò), Rochudi Nuovo (new), Bova, Bova Marina, Melito di Porto Salvo, and Reggio Calabria.”
The above quote and more information about the current situation of the greko language in: Squillaci, Maria Olimpia (2019). Investigating the Past and Future of the Greek-speaking Minorities of Southern Italy: Greko (Calabria). Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.



Fantastic Languages and Where to Find Them

Bruno Stelitano
Greko poet