Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)

Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)

Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia)
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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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Sandra
Villeneuve-Loubet, France31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Quirky ghost village re-populated with hippies in the 1960’s. Has to be seen to be believed that artisan artists are living between the ruins! The drive up is an absolute nightmare on a single track road with hairpins (not for the faint hearted). Sturdy footwear is a must for the uphill walk over ancient damaged cobbles (there’s no health & safety officials in this area)
Written 8 May 2023
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Craig I
Edinburgh, UK53 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Vehicular access is shocking. Effectively a single track road for getting in and out. It’s an accident waiting to happen as I’d hate to think what would happen if an ambulance ever needed access. People screaming at each other, horns being sounded and simply no room to manoeuvre. We saw the village from about 150 metres but did a u-turn, which was incredibly stressful, and left. I would avoid this place like the plague until something is done to regulate access/egress and provide suitable parking. A horrible experience never to be repeated.
Written 7 September 2022
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TopExplorer
London, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Excellent to spend a couple of hours exploring and taking pictures, it seems surreal in some parts. Only a few bars and restaurants but a nice place to visit.
Written 24 October 2021
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albicusi
Chicago, IL213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Short story: an earthquake destroyed the town in 1887, in the 60' some hippies came back to live in the remains... slowly slowly more nd more artists joined and an international artistic community established there. Now you can see little restaurant, art shops, even normal people living there, some only during the summer. After the Covid only 85 survives the tourstic crisis and are still there, from 17 nations (according to a resident we talked this august). Among the roofles churches and ruins, there are now cool murales and interesting shoops. It worth the effort to drive - and park if lucky- on a tiny two ways road.
Written 22 September 2021
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trish1962
manchester7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We have been to old Bussana a number of times, it’s a small town that became uninhabited after a earthquake but some travelers/hippies started to inhabit some of the houses and now it’s a quaint place to visit where you can find artists and see them working.
A few small bars and restaurants.
Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes on when visiting.
I recommend old Bussana to anyone wanting a day out up the mountain, but this town can be difficult to get to by public transport and you can’t park in the town.
Written 9 November 2019
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bungawangi
Sydney, Australia51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Take the number 13 bus going to Tagglia from San Remo bus station. Buy a ticket onboard or in the ticket office at the bus station. Only Euro 1.50 each way. Bus departs approx. every 20 minutes. Ask for a timetable at the bus station
Take the bus to Bussana, the driver was happy to confirm when we had to get off. The return bus stop is just on the opposite side of the road, very easy. When you get off at Bussana, walk over the walking bridge to start the walk and there is a clear path heading up. People are happy to point you in the right direction. The walking path was closed when we were there so we walked via the road which was fine. (You have to walk through New Bussana to get to Old Bussana at the top. If you have time have a look at the church in New Bussana as well). The cars were slow and gave us plenty of room to walk. The gradient is easy if you walk on the road. I think the walking path is steep and quite rocky. Many people said the walk would be difficult and very steep but it was quite easy on the road. We were a group aged 50-79 and we all managed. Approximately 50-60 minutes walk up, depending on how often you stop for the view. Approx. 35 min walk down. There are a couple of nice places to eat lunch, reasonably priced and one cafe has a great view. Town was interesting, different, quirky. For our group including lunch it was a nice day out, approx. 10am - 3pm round trip back to San Remo. It is only about a 10-15 minute bus ride from San Remo to Bussana. Very doable with public transport from San Remo. There evidently is a bus that goes partway up the hill to Old Bussana but it is not frequent and the walk is worth it. Enjoy!!
Written 12 October 2019
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Stefannie
Denver, CO29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The drive up was exciting as the road is very narrow. Parking is difficult. That said, the views were amazing and the photo opportunities were amazing. It was a cool vibe. Can be difficult to traverse if you are not stable on your feet.
Written 14 September 2019
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Scott M
Sydney, Australia488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
This is a small quaint place with a labyrinth of local art galleries. Worth a visit if you are near Sanremo ... but beware of the drive up....especially if you have a large car (in which case i would avoid it). To turn back down drive near the entrance and there is a single turning location allowing a U-turn.
Written 31 August 2019
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turtlezurich
Zurich115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
It is a whole little authentic medieval village abandoned in 1894 after an earthquake and repopulated by artists in the '60. Ever since it is a secret tourist attraction. It is and exclusively walking area with stone streets and houses. You need good shoes. This romantic landscape consists in half ruins and half artists workshops, boutiques and residences. It has a big restaurant at the entrance and another smaller one in the middle as well as a coffee/bakery shop. It has a romantic atmosphere. You can spend between 1 and 4 hours there, depending how interested you are.
Written 23 August 2019
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jen f-w
Basel, Switzerland25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Fascinating to spend an hour or so exploring the narrow lanes, discovering ruins and artisan installations in this former ghost village. Approach via the uphill footpath from Bussana brings you into the village via one of two ruined churches. The restaurant in the village is temporarilly closed (early Aug 2019) but we discovered the lovely Ristorante La Casaccia on our descent via the road.
Most of the artisan shops were closed early afternoon. We did however find two fabulous ateliers (artists Mirella Perego and Antonio Di Michele - both have exhibited extensively in Italy) which warranted a return with our bank cards and car to transport an impressionist oil painting ;-)
Wear flat shoes!
Written 7 August 2019
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