Borgo Greco Gallicianò (RC)

Borgo Greco Gallicianò (RC), Galliciano: Address, Borgo Greco Gallicianò (RC) Reviews: 5/5

Borgo Greco Gallicianò (RC)

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Joseph G
Montreal, Canada4,191 contributions
An exceptional and touching experience
Jul 2015
We came mainly to explore the grecanica area of Calabria. The towns up in the mountains, because of their isolation, have preserved their Greek heritage much more than the coastal ones. The day before we had been to Bova and now we wanted to see Gallicianò.
The place is not easy to get to, you need a car. Once you approach the village, at the outskirts, there is a beautiful fountain with a Greek inscription which welcomes the visitors. You are about to enter the small but rich community of Gallicianò which struggles to maintain its Greek heritage and the Griko language.
My spouse who speaks Greek was anxious to speak to someone in that language. She was quickly satisfied when an old lady asked in Greek to accompany her to the fountain to get the "good water". There we met Giovanni and his colleague Mimmo Nucera Both are guides and caretakers of the cultural sites of the village which include: a small Greek theater, a tiny byzantine church, a museum, and a library. They gave us a private tour of each and everyone of these premises as well as an inside look at the local catholic church.
Mimmo spoke extensively in Greek with my spouse who was very moved and emotional.
We were also invited to have coffee at Giovanni's house, part of the hospitality that people in Gallicianò extend to visitors.
An amazing experience and worth the ride up the mountain to see and talk to such determined and proud people and their institutions.
Written 15 October 2015
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