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Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)

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Address: 5 miles (8 km) NE of San Remo, Sanremo, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 335 841 7839

Devastated by an earthquake and abandoned, this unique medieval village has...

Devastated by an earthquake and abandoned, this unique medieval village has been reborn and is now inhabited by an international artists community.

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Awesome surprise for a driver

Bussana Vecchia was a welcome surprise for a random traveller with a car. Not advertised a lot it seems, but excellent place to wonder into. Hippie community feeling is still... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ari K
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bussana Vecchia was a welcome surprise for a random traveller with a car. Not advertised a lot it seems, but excellent place to wonder into. Hippie community feeling is still strong in some stores and the Jazz Club kinda. Loved everything about it.

Thank Ari K
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

It is a place you visit once like many others of this nature. If elderly, not the easiest place to walk because of the ups and downs and the cobble stones. Parking is non existant except along the road to Bussana Vecchia. It is a place you can spend a couple of hours, take a few photos and get something... More 

Thank Richard C
London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Destroyed by an earthquake in 1897, this village remained totally empty until the 60s when artists came as squatters and gradually rebuilt the village despite not having water or electricity. Sixty years on, the village is thriving and, apart from a few 'original' artists still there, they have all come and gone. It's a lovely day out, you can either... More 

Thank Susie S
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

There weren't really as many little artist shops as I expected, and the town is very small, so there's not a lot to do/see if you just want to stroll around. Kids were a bit bored.

Thank Altdebbie
Villar Perosa, Italy
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

The fascination of the old village , with its ruins left by an earthquake , its quiet narrow streets , the church , is really stunning and deserves more than one quick visit

Thank drvelo
Surf City USA
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Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We finally checked out this old (9th century) coastal hill town & found it fascinating. But the drive up & down the horrible single lane road to it was almost not worth it. The place is a wreck. It was abandoned for many years after an 1880s series of earthquakes destroyed most of the buildings and killed the residents. Artists... More 

3 Thank jg3arrow
Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

I think it's downright dangerous navigating up this steep single track mountain road where traffic gets stuck because the road isn't wide enough for two cars. All of this effort to see a pretty hillside village with average artists exhibiting their work. The church in ruin made it worthwhile but I definitely wouldn't dare going back. As usual, parking is... More 

1 Thank cliffgalluplives
Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

Took a while to find the way there. Narrow road with minimal parking. The walk around the place was interesting to image how people lived there before the earthquake. Now some of the houses are used/lived in by artists but overall it's a desolate place. No attempt has been made to keep some of the buildings (such as the church)... More 

Thank Coriscos10
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Very interesting Place to visit! Read up on it's history and enjoy the visit! The easiest way to get there is by taxi as parking is difficult.

Thank Jenny J
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

This reminds me a bit of a cross between Positano and Pompeii. It is very beautiful, lots of very nice photo opportunities, it feels very old, but seems more like a lot of walking around and scenic views. It is currently inhabited, which takes a bit of the historic feel away from it. If you have any issues with mobility,... More 

1 Thank Rebecca T

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