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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I visited bussana vecchia June 2014, now don't get me wrong the art and the buildings were astonishingly beautiful but having trekked up the mountain from the beach, I personally felt the end result wasn't worth the walk. Ooooh but there is a very nice restaurant/ pub just before you go into the small village tat i fantastic with beautiful... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
10 helpful votes 10 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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