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Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia), Sanremo
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A former ghost town, Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia) has hosted an artist community since the early 1960s. The 1887 earthquake that caused the abandonment was the first recorded by a true seismograph. The hippies who moved in 70 years later have been served ineffective eviction orders on more than one occasion. The list of current artists names more than 20. Plan your route to arrival carefully as it can be difficult to find. If you don’t have a car, be aware of the 3 km (1.9 mi) uphill hike. You may find that here there is little distinction between a for-pay restaurant and an invitation to dine in someone’s home, which perhaps has a donation box hanging on the door. Plan to see Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia) and other attractions that appeal to you using our Sanremo family vacation planner.
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  • Very beautiful medieval village. Very narrow to access road. A small playground reversal at the entrance to the village, but it remains very complicated with a big car. See
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  • After parking the car at least 500 metres before the town, we relayed among the narrow streets of the village, where the traces of the violent earthquake of end 800, ironically, made this very special place, almost magical. Compared to my last visit (about 20 years ago) when artists from everywhere animated every corner of Bussana, seemed much less "alive" then while retaining a charm that is hard to find in other villages.
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  • A place where you are projected into a forgotten past, where you find yourself in a magical atmosphere. Gorgeous!
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