Devastated by an earthquake in 1887, and abandoned, this unique medieval village has been reborn and is now inhabitedby an international artists community.
On Ash Wednesday the 23rd of February 1887 at 6.21AM, there was a devastating earthquake, which caused widespread damage from Nice to Genoa.
Most buildings of Bussana were severely damaged and the authorities decided to rebuild the village in a new site downhill called Bussana Nuova (New Bussana). The old village was abandoned and all of its buildings declared dangerous.
In the 1960s the ruins were appropriated by an international mix of artists, who in the nearly half-century since have transformed the tumbledown village into a bohemian haven of workshops and showrooms, with a sprinkling of organic restaurants and minimal intrusion of modern technology.
But like all ghost towns, its future is uncertain as the autorities attempt to either evict the squatters, or more recently try to force them to pay rent.
Where is it?
Bussana vecchia is located in Liguria, close to the French border and under the jurisdiction of San Remo.
By Car: Follow the signs from Bussana, located off the Via Aurelia (take the A10 autostrada and exit at San Remo, then take the coastal highway to Bussana). It’s a very narrow road, and parking is limited and only available outside the village.
The road is very very narrow, the village is a dead end and there’s not much parking places : go there early !
Avoid the vegan restaurant close to the ruined cathedral: It is expensive and they serve the worst meals I ever tested!