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.
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