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Hauntingly Beautiful

The ruins of Bussana Vecchia lies on a hill top. A beautiful village struck by earthquake in the... read more

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Leiden, The Netherlands
Impressive location

I had the possibility to visit this impressive location in a hot summer day. I knew its story, so... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2018
Casale Monferrato, Italy
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Devastated by an earthquake and abandoned, this unique medieval village has been reborn and is now inhabited by an international artists community.
Miles NE Of 5, Sanremo, Italy
+39 335 841 7839
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We couldn’t make it up with a stroller and a baby. A pitty but it was very touristic, a lot of people arriving as we arrived and left. It also seemed very active with artists. Too bad it was badly accesible...

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The ruins of Bussana Vecchia lies on a hill top. A beautiful village struck by earthquake in the 1800s and abandoned only to be reclaimed by artists and hippies in the 1960s. The whole village serves as an art gallery with several artists displaying their...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AviroopSen
Reviewed 29 August 2018

I had the possibility to visit this impressive location in a hot summer day. I knew its story, so i was attracted by the idea to see what had been done in Bussana. The feeling is to be in a sort of "twilight world", full...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Mascigab13
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Maybe it was vibrant when artists took over a few decades ago... Now they're inactive. Shops are closed. Old for sure, but apart from that, derelict and of little artistic or historic interest.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Denis W
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous little village cast away in the mountains. Peaceful and charming, it is definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank valerielmtl
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

An amazing small village which was partly destroyed by an earthquake in the 1890s and by the police who destroyed many floors to stop squatters moving in in the 1940s. In the 50s and 60s English and German artists moved in and carved out living...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Rother13
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Horrible.Instead of artist community found 1 new local resident probably paying rent to illegal squatters. An older resident with some succulent garden left to itself and room with old documents copies of and after original earthquake asked if we had paid enrance fee where there...More

Date of experience: October 2017
4  Thank DanielePol
Reviewed 24 November 2017

Bussana Vecchia was destroyed by an earthquake in 1887 and lay abandoned for almost a hundred years, until various artists moved in during the 1960's. The place still has a bit of "hippy" feel to it. There streets are narrow and only for pedestrians, you...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank kenfriis
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Does not cost anything to visit and is a nice and unique experience. If you are staying in the area, it is worth the trip, but as it has a entertainment time of about 45 minutes, don’t drive here if it requires a long drive.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank josinek391
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Like all other reviews mention: the road up bu car is narrow and steep. We took our 10 month old son but note that its almost impossible to take the baby stroller into the old town due to the ancient paving. If you can carry...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank NathalieVorst
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Response from 55gio | Reviewed this property |
noi siamo camminatori ma a piedi e' impossibile raggiungere Bussana Vecchia, sono circa 9 km e quasi 2 ore di camminata la maggior parte in salita.
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