Italian curiosities: why are there people speaking Greek in Calabria?

Oct 07, 2022 562

Calabria is known for the beauty of its wilderness and its marvelous beaches, as well as, of course, its delicious food. Just like every other region in Italy, Calabria also has a very lively linguistic panorama, with varieties of its dialect spoken across the region. What many may not know is that our punta dello Stivale, the tip of the Italian boot, is also home to a small community speaking … Greek. 

According to the linguistics website, the Greek dialect of Calabria belongs to a variety of the Greek language known by Hellenic experts as the Southern Italian dialect. Part of it are also the Greek dialect spoken in Salento, called griko,  and the Greek dialects of Sicily.

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