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“Great exercise to get there but very quiet in autumn”

Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)
Ranked #4 of 62 things to do in Sanremo
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Owner description: Devastated by an earthquake and abandoned, this unique medieval village has been reborn and is now inhabited by an international artists community.
Reviewed October 6, 2013

As other reviews have noted, this lovely old place was inhabited by hippies in the 1960s and it has now become an artists’ colony. The buildings in various stages of ruin after the 1897 earthquake certainly make an interesting backdrop.
I took the bus from San Remo towards Taggia to Bussala. Unfortunately, I missed the stop so ended up doing a scenic tour of Taggia and got off the bus on the way back. The stop is immediately outside the Carrefour supermarket, which is 6 km east (approx. 12 minutes on the bus) of San Remo.
From Bussala, it is well signposted to Bussala Vecchia. It says that it is 3km, but it is uphill all the way. There is a walking path, but it is in a state of disrepair in some places, as an old lady was telling me in some dialect that I didn’t quite understand. It is best then to take a mixture of the road and walking path. It only took approximately 30 minutes to talk from Bussala to Bussala Vecchia. I went midweek at the start of Autumn and it was almost like a ghost town. There was virtually no one else to be seen. Despite this, it was a fascinating place, and certainly worth the visit. Bus tickets are only €1.50 each way, so it was a cheap afternoon’s entertainment.

3  Thank sanchdog
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

I just came back from a lovely 2 week trip to this lovely artistic historic town. It is very charming and relaxed with a really quite and chilled vibe. It seems very quiet during the daytime but comes alive with live music somewhere in the village almost every night. Another huge plus was the amazing RELAX ZONE that is tucked away on the back right of the village. Here you can come and chill, use the bbq and be entertained my the eccentric Dutch owner who runs this place as a kind of commune/community space. There is amply wine and drinks provided and there are no prices per se, just a donation postbox hanging from the tree upon exit. My son and I spent many an evening here feeding the animals, eating fruit from the trees and making bbqs and pizzas with ingredients provided. Finally a touristic place that is always open and has a peaceful and non-commercial soul....HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

4  Thank WFWF
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

It was fun exploring this tiny old village that was destroyed by an earthquake years ago, abandoned for years and then taken over by artists who turned it into their own. It's high up in a hill so the views are wonderful. I just hope they will be able to maintain it's magical charm and it doesn't get ruined like everything else. Artists are always the pioneers who take something that others find unappealing and turn it into a work of art. Then the rich people come in and buy everything up, put a Starbucks and the poor artists are once again misplaced. I hope that doesn't happen. I will cry.

4  Thank Samantha B
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Bussana Vecchia was an ancient fortified village, virtually destroyed by an earthquake over 100 years ago, so it became a ghost town. 50 years ago hippies moved in, renovated some of the buidlings and set up an international artistic village. They are still there, ageing hippies now. The village still has a deserted atmospheric feel. The road there is narrow and there is no public transport, but it is worth making the effort.

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

It's a challenge to drive there by car, but it is definitely worth it. This is a place you do not expect to see in so touristic Riviera. If you enjoy walking in the almost untouched ancient cities and see artists and hippies, you must go there. Visit Relax Lounge, where you will be offered free wine and food by very nice people. You can spend a day with them just talking.

2  Thank SupremoEst
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