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Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)

Address: 5 miles (8 km) NE of San Remo, Sanremo, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Sanremo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Devastated by an earthquake and abandoned, this unique medieval village has been reborn and is now...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner 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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Bowral, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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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
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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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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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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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