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Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)

5 miles (8 km) NE of San Remo, Sanremo, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 16 attractions in Sanremo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: 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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Copenhagen, Denmark
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had a fabulous trip to Bussanna Vecchia. Had our kids aged 8 and 4. Parked the car and walked into "town". Right away we ended up in a garden which turned out to be a private and at the same time public (shared) home. We met wonderful people and stayed there for a couple of hours. They shared their... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

We have been here two times in the past few years. What a hidden gem!! It's a little town created in old castle ruins. Love it!!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

beautiful old town, filled with artists and restaurants..........been there a few times now when visiting family in the near town of Poggio.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This place is stunning, some great restaurants are located here and some of the best tiramisu in the land. I also hsd a delicious bruscetta and there are some stunning views. Life here is relaxed, so go with the flow.

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nice France
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I used to have a studio here in the 80s. It has become less international and more commercial since then, but still worth a visit as this is the most concentrated group of visual artists in the region. But do not go tooearly in the morning as most will still be asleep!

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Hudson Valley, NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Wonderful crumbly town filled with beautiful nooks and crannies to photograph. When I got back to my hotel to download my pics I couldn't believe I'd taken so many. Bussana Vecchia is a hill town devastated in an earthquake in the latter half of the 19th century. It was never rebuilt. In the 60's and 70's artists came and squatted,... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Bussana Vecchia near to Sanremo is not easy to find but if you can find it you won't be disappointed. I remember that one evening I went to this enchanting place with my family. In those days they did not yet have electric light but the artists had put torches in the main streets. We reached the ancient ruined church... More

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Gold Coast Australia
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48 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

As other reviews have noted, this lovely old place was inhabited by hippies in the 1960s and it has now become an artists’ colony. The buildings in various stages of ruin after the 1897 earthquake certainly make an interesting backdrop. I took the bus from San Remo towards Taggia to Bussala. Unfortunately, I missed the stop so ended up doing... More

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London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I just came back from a lovely 2 week trip to this lovely artistic historic town. It is very charming and relaxed with a really quite and chilled vibe. It seems very quiet during the daytime but comes alive with live music somewhere in the village almost every night. Another huge plus was the amazing RELAX ZONE that is tucked... More

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Marseille, France
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

It was fun exploring this tiny old village that was destroyed by an earthquake years ago, abandoned for years and then taken over by artists who turned it into their own. It's high up in a hill so the views are wonderful. I just hope they will be able to maintain it's magical charm and it doesn't get ruined like... More

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