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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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  • The earthquake remains at full view but the initiatives and ideas of the artists who have chosen to live there are awesome thank their Bussana vecchia is still alive.
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  • Hamlet's quaint shops, friendly people, helpful. In summer the Council a visit but also in winter has its charms
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  • Classic Ligurian village deserted that in terms of view, cleanliness and conformation of the buildings would definitely waaay to envy to other villages (e.g. Balestrino), most of those who live there, rather than artists, would define abusive thugs that beat cash with rich and foolish tourists from riviera, you are granted the right to occupy property in obvious disrepair and extremely dangerous Moreover you don't notice the yards to secure even the smallest frontage ... let alone whole terraces held together with wood and rubbish of recovery on which pass dozens of people a day. (Statement made to me by one of the managers of that "local" decentralized near a church scoperchita). Pending the entry into the country, you feel in the air that charm of Ecovillage, an alternative way in the things we imagine captures our capitalist mentality and material ... well, think again!
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