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Address: 5 miles (8 km) NE of San Remo, Sanremo, Italy
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Description: Devastated by an earthquake and abandoned, this unique medieval village...
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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Glasshouses spoil the view but the village is very picturesque

We took a bus from San remo to Bussana and walked 50 minutes up to Bussana Vecchia. You need to closely watch out for the signs in order to not get lost. On our way up we saw a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Malta
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Although its worth a visit, I was only impressed by the old buildings and ruins that remain and a guy who had on exhibition a working model set of the railways and trains of areas close to San Remo and the rest of the places in the vicinity. Shops are poor and expensive, selling rubbish. We also found a group... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We took a bus from San remo to Bussana and walked 50 minutes up to Bussana Vecchia. You need to closely watch out for the signs in order to not get lost. On our way up we saw a snake so be careful not to step on any sunbathing creepy crawlers. Bussana Vecchia is really interesting, especially the abandoned churches.... More 

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Reinach, Switzerland
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The positive reviews encouraged us to brave the drive up the narrow at times single track winding road up to Bussana. Unfortunately we left it until dark in late December when everything was closed to discover this delightful gem. Fortunately therefore the traffic was very light. The description as "medieval and unspoiled" seems very accurate. The general run-down state of... More 

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Callian, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We went up there on the 26 December, my son's birthday This medieval village was partly damaged by an earthquake in 1837. From 1968 onward hippies came and established themselves in the village and refurbished the medieval homes. It s so authentic, only genuine artists not mercantile, opposite to the infamous tourist traps on the French Riviera! Only 8 kms... More 

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Bowral, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This beautiful, ancient village is only a short drive from San Remo, but worth the effort. It is very beautiful and to my mind a photographers paradise. The pathways wind around the hilltop, through alleyways and under arches. Around each corner is a new wow factor. The path is all cobbles and very uneven so take care. The arts and... More 

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Camden, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This picturesque old village is definitely worth a visit off the tourist trail. A small town largely destroyed by an earthquake in the early 1800's, Bussana Vecchia has become a haven for artists, craftspeople and families that seek a quiet alternative lifestyle. The cobbled lanes wind their way up to the remains of the old church that towers over the... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I was in Italy for a month and visited this place, it is incredibly beautiful and there are some great little restaurants near it. I personally like the quaint little pub on the outskirts bussana vecchia. I was staying in a hotel on the outskirts of san demo and trekked up the mountain, now for me old bussana wasn't worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We got there by car, and note that streets are narrow and parking might be difficult. The town was deserted, and artists and others not wanting to pay rent moved into the area. You can find plenty of galleries and arcticrafts to buy. Lots of stray dogs and cats walking around. Some places are sad to look at, neglected for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Too much hipe, and really very poor displays of art or handcraft. BUT the village as such is worth a visit just to see how they lived in Italy of the old days

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

An ancient Italian village. High on a hilltop. Partially destroyed and abandoned during the last century. Rediscovered and re-inhabited by artists. Extraordinary.

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