Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)

Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia), Sanremo

Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)

Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)
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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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albicusi
Chicago, IL208 contributions
Short story: an earthquake destroyed the town in 1887, in the 60' some hippies came back to live in the remains... slowly slowly more nd more artists joined and an international artistic community established there. Now you can see little restaurant, art shops, even normal people living there, some only during the summer. After the Covid only 85 survives the tourstic crisis and are still there, from 17 nations (according to a resident we talked this august). Among the roofles churches and ruins, there are now cool murales and interesting shoops. It worth the effort to drive - and park if lucky- on a tiny two ways road.
Written September 22, 2021
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Misteli
Bowral, Australia15 contributions
Friends
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 craft shops are worth a look and I'm sure you'll find something to take home. Some nice restaurants too. Centrepiece of the village is the ruins of the cathedral. You can still see frescos on the walls and beautiful carved cherubs along the cornices. Allow plenty of time to explore this amazing place. Sit a while and ponder it's history.
Written October 25, 2014
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Mair115
Maryville, TN20 contributions
Friends
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, slowly making the abandoned buildings habitable, but in an unconventional way. Many looked like white washed caves. Met a lovely artist who moved there from Austria 40 years ago. Her and her husband make the most interesting candles, and also jewelry and drawings/watercolors. My fav part of BV was the interesting doors-that's the bulk of my pics! Just be sure to wear sneakers, the streets are very uneven and, of course, hilly.
Written May 11, 2014
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DanielePol
St. Marys, Canada3 contributions
Couples
Horrible.Instead of artist community found 1 new local resident probably paying rent to illegal squatters. An older resident with some succulent garden left to itself and room with old documents copies of and after original earthquake asked if we had paid enrance fee where there was no one looking after access.
Written November 26, 2017
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alan m
Kingswells, UK19 contributions
Couples
Located about 15 minutes from San Remo this is a must see! It has the benefits of a) extremely good selection of work to see/purchase by the people who reside there. The quality is very good. b) the location is beautiful and the streets and buildings of this old village are fantastic. There is also a great tranquility when you walk around. It beats a city any day of the week!
Note the road up is narrow and steep ie alright for cars and motorbikes but not for big vehicles.
Written September 7, 2017
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lazytravelerTacoma22
Tacoma, Washington145 contributions
Couples
This is one of the biggest highlights of our trip to the Italian Riviera. Getting to the town is easy from Sanremo, but be prepared for a very steep drive along a very narrow road. You need to park on the side of the road leading to the town as there is no designated parking area. Make sure you have a plan to turn your car around too. Once in the town, it's also very steep with lots of steps - warning for those who don't like hills. The reward for climbing the steps is huge - the town is party refurbished and partly still in the torn-down state it was after the earthquake. The two churches are quite a sight to see and I would highly recommend climbing your way to see them. The folks there are mostly artists who have established themselves in the abandoned town and they sell their art. There are two small cafes. Overall the town has the feel of a ghost town but not in a bad way. Walking around, you can appreciate that the town is very much like it was 200 years ago. Make sure to walk down the small alleys - especially if you like taking photos. I would definitely recommend visiting this town. It is worth the hassle getting there for sure.
Written September 12, 2015
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Frank M
Reinach, Switzerland6,916 contributions
Couples
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 many buildings contributes to the charm and feeling of authenticity to such an extent that for a while my wife seriously questioned whether people were actually living there but they are indeed. Unique. Unforgettable. And being perched up on a hill you get some good views thrown in.

Whilst it would have been nice to have contributed to the local economy though purchase of food or other art and craft items the most critical value was in experiencing the unique ambiance or the narrow streets and buildings.
Written January 6, 2015
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Line B
Copenhagen, Denmark11 contributions
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 food and drinks with us and even offered us to stay for the night. The place is open for all souls. You can donate to their project when you leave in a bowl on a tree. My eldest said "best place on earth". If we were without the kids, we would definitely have stayed a few days! If you go, make sure to see the modeltrain museum! Alternative living in ruins with stylish doors :-) Bring cash and wear sneakers.
Written July 10, 2014
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Berar P
Arad, Romania16 contributions
Couples
We tooked the road foot from the centre of SanRemo,on the route suggested nu Google maps.very easy to follow,about 2 hours walk (with a coffe break).You need to be in good shape.we vesited the city for about 2 hours,had a light lunch(there are 2 restaurants/bar one in front of the other),and a glass of wine.the views along the way are incredibile,the sea in the back and mountans in the front.on the way back we went in another route suggested by the locals(about 3 km down the road,untill You rich the sea) and took the bus tot SanRemo.total duration 6 hours d2d.
Written September 11, 2017
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cliffgalluplives
Brive-la-Gaillarde, France49 contributions
Family
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 near impossible.
Written October 7, 2016
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