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“International Artist's Village”

Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)
Ranked #2 of 49 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 May 16, 2014

I used to have a studio here in the 80s. It has become less international and more commercial since then, but still worth a visit as this is the most concentrated group of visual artists in the region.

But do not go tooearly in the morning as most will still be asleep!

3  Thank luigi v
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

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.

6  Thank Mair115
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

Bussana Vecchia near to Sanremo is not easy to find but if you can find it you won't be disappointed. I remember that one evening I went to this enchanting place with my family. In those days they did not yet have electric light but the artists had put torches in the main streets. We reached the ancient ruined church which at night was lit just by the moon and the stars. There was a little concert of classical music and we stopped to listen. Truly a memorable evening.
Bussana Vecchia had been a thriving town founded in the Middle Ages until the earthquake of 1887 then it was abandoned and only in the last few years has it been "colonised" by artists and craftspeople. Here there work painters, sculptors, graphic designers, poets, potters, writers, silversmiths, goldsmiths, wood, fabric and wax craftspeople who from 1963 until today by taking stone by stone from the ruins with willpower, wisdom, sweat and at their own expense have created a cultural centre which the thousands of visitors who have been there enthuse over.
To visit Bussana Vecchia, see its old churches, it shops and its ancient walls from which emanates a magical attraction is always an unforgettable experience.
When we went there in the centre was a restaurant serving good meals. There was also a bar.Leave the motorway on the Eastern side of Sanremo.

4  Thank Paul W
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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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