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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: +39 335 841 7839
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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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Fascinating But Scary To Get To

We finally checked out this old (9th century) coastal hill town & found it fascinating. But the drive up & down the horrible single lane road to it was almost not worth it. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We finally checked out this old (9th century) coastal hill town & found it fascinating. But the drive up & down the horrible single lane road to it was almost not worth it. The place is a wreck. It was abandoned for many years after an 1880s series of earthquakes destroyed most of the buildings and killed the residents. Artists... More 

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Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

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... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Took a while to find the way there. Narrow road with minimal parking. The walk around the place was interesting to image how people lived there before the earthquake. Now some of the houses are used/lived in by artists but overall it's a desolate place. No attempt has been made to keep some of the buildings (such as the church)... More 

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Thank Coriscos10
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Very interesting Place to visit! Read up on it's history and enjoy the visit! The easiest way to get there is by taxi as parking is difficult.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This reminds me a bit of a cross between Positano and Pompeii. It is very beautiful, lots of very nice photo opportunities, it feels very old, but seems more like a lot of walking around and scenic views. It is currently inhabited, which takes a bit of the historic feel away from it. If you have any issues with mobility,... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

A fabulous beautiful little hill top village just outside of san remo. Its an artists village full of winding narrow streets and its pretty as a picture. Its easy to parking your car on the hill and walk into the welcoming town. Definitley worth a visit

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Thank Julie G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

A fabulous abandoned village following an earthquake in 1887, in the 60's artists started to create a community up here, despite the village being condemned by the authorities. Some great little shops, especially the vintage store where things are not expensive! Old ruins, a couple of cafe/restaurants. Well worth a visit if you walk up from Bussana, the car ride... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

I am not saying it's bad or good just that is not my cup of tea. But I will say the view from the mountains to the sea is amazing. For my taste the place need some conservation for an historical site. Not easy to arrive there with the car we actually spent about an hour to find the way... More 

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Antibes, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We had a long treck up the hill to visit Old Bussana. It was a hot day. You have to leave the car at the bottom of the hill then walk. The medieval village is made up of artists. Cafés and run down alleyways. The roof of the church fell in...such a shame it hasn't been renovated...especially when you think... More 

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Viernheim, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

This place is fascinating. If you have a big car, be careful going up the road that leads to the city because it's incredibly narrow. It's well worth the drive though. The city is beautiful, the people there are friendly and around every corner there's some gem you'll want to take pictures of. A wonderful experience!

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