Bussana Vecchia

sights / Historic

Lonely Planet review

Ten kilometres northeast of San Remo lies an intriguing artists' colony. On Ash Wednesday 1887, an earthquake destroyed the village of Bussana Vecchia and survivors were eventually forced to abandon it. It remained a ghost town until the 1960s, when artists moved in and began rebuilding the ruins using the original stones from the rubble.

After successfully standing up to authorities who wanted to remove them, a thriving community of international artists remains in residence today. To get there take a bus to Bussana, 5km east of San Remo, and walk up (30 minutes).