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Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)

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Address: 5 miles (8 km) NE of San Remo, Sanremo, Italy
Phone Number: 3358417839

Devastated by an earthquake and abandoned, this unique medieval village has...

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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Cool place!

Great place to visit, lots of artists' studios and several eateries, beautiful ruins and great views.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Gothenburg, Sweden
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to visit, lots of artists' studios and several eateries, beautiful ruins and great views.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would say the best, most mysterious and fascinating town in the Italian Riviera. Half destroyed by an earthquake in the 1887, was abandoned by the population. After almost 60 years, artists from all over Europe gave new life to the old town that now offers a very touching experience. A must see.

Thank Andrea_Detto
Ko Samui, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the hour or two we spent strolling the rambling streets of this rejuvenated artists' colony. The people were delightful (we bought a small painting from an Italian artist and his wife, had a drink at a pretty little spot just inside the village), and the place's quirkiness was exceptionally appealing. I'd go back for another visit any time

Thank venividivice
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Olg village, left in the 1600s. Beautiful, small, feels like game of thrones villages. One cafe and two trattorias. Everything handmade and homemade.

Thank kolonaki75
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Characteristic, smaller than expected, not that easy too find but worth it. Go to via Francia and upwards from there.

Thank LucaFrat
Sanremo, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

An absolute must if you are in the Sanremo area,just a short drive from town. A very special place with a lovely atmosphere and friendly people not to.mention the story behind it. We just love this old town and have been at least 4 or 5 times now, go go go!!

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Paris, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 587 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely worth visiting. Rememeber Feb 23, 1887, an earthquake destroyed village ("paese") on hill and killed roughly 50 people. MOST fascinating are the 2 churches with their towers still standing there but the main buildings fallen. Very morbid. Lots of houses have been converted - a few rebuilt nicely, but most converted to small shops and art studios. Tight hikes... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Fantastic place you must see! The town is just 5km from San Remo, approximately 30 minutes by car. The last 1km goes up the hill on a very narrow road. Don’t go fast, it is hard to see traffic coming in the opposite direction. When you reach a restaurant towards the end, there is a place you can make a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

A very nice drive along a narrow country road high above San Remo where you may come across a cowherd and his charges rambling along. Don't rush your visit but sit in the ruined church and contemplate the tragedy the fell on this village so long ago. A good little bar/restaurant is in the town for refreshments.

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Naples, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Drove to village hoping to visit art shops or even an atelier or two. 1.5 miles from town we began seeing cars parked along these narrow roads. As we slowly got closer to village we began seeing cars on both sides. With mirrors folded and with inches to spare we attempted to get closer so our 70 year old bodies... More 

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