Creepy Cool Bussana Vecchia

Bus1The story of this medieval village is both tragic and fascinating and definitely has more than a dash of character and mystique. When I first heard about this tiny hamlet, I was intrigued because it is known as an ‘artists’ haven’. I love art and whenever I am surrounded by it I can feel my pulse quicken and soul soar. I just cannot seem to get enough of the good and bad vibrations that art delivers. Whether it’s a song, a sculpture or a painting, I want to experience it all.

I finally got my wish a few weeks ago, and even though it was a bit grey and most places were still closed for the season, I was happy to explore Bussana without the hustle and bustle of too many tourists.

Bus10As soon as we pulled up to the furthest point the road would take us, we were engulfed in the heavenly aroma of bbq! First stop was lunch! We ate and drank like Kings at La Casaccia (translation: Farmer’s Jacket). We ordered the mixed grilled meat and veggies, which were served on wooden boards and the Chianina beef just melted in our mouths.

Following lunch, we explored the village on foot. In 1887, tragedy struck when an earthquake caused the walls to come crumbling down around the villagers. Deemed unfit to live, Bussana Vecchia was abandoned and a new Bussana was created at the foot of the hill.

In the early 1960’s, it was renovated and repopulated by a group of International artists but there was a lot of controversy over this. In the beginning, these artists were mostly hippies and squatters. There was no electricity or running water and they were also faced with the anger of the old inhabitants who were forced to abandon the hamlet following the earthquake.Bus9Bus7


There was an attempt by the police to evict this new community of dwellers but this drew International attention in the media and so the police withdrew to avoid confrontation.

Today, Bussana Vecchia has a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor as a cool place to go. Technically, the structures are owned by the Italian Government but the community continues to thrive and is a major tourist attraction.


I enjoyed it so much that I am already planning to return this summer when there are more artists and events happening.

Bus5And speaking of events…why did I write ‘Creepy’ in the title of this post? Well, while I was reducing the sizebus4 of my photos, I noticed a strange white haze in two of my pics. At first I thought that perhaps my lens got wet from a bit of rain but then upon closer observation, it became even stranger that this white ‘mist’ was only in two of the photos I took of the church.

Go ahead, check them out for yourself and tell me what you think it is…

About lmarmstrong66

I'm a blogger, painter, writer, singer. For the love of all things in nature and creativity.
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5 Responses to Creepy Cool Bussana Vecchia

  1. Hayley says:

    This place looks awesome! Where abouts is it? I’ve had a funny haze on my photos before, though in my case it was definitely from smeary fingers touching the lense (i was cycling and sweaty). Not so spooky as yours!

  2. Leah says:

    I LOVE Bussana Vecchia! As a matter of fact I’ve had a secret dream of organizing a group of 12 artists to open a kind of rotational gallery up there, each artist would get to “gallery sit” 1 month a year while they expose their own art and experience a bit of Italian life and language. It IS creepy about the white haze in your photos, the story my family told me is that most of the people of the village were INSIDE the church when the earthquake struck, killing a significant portion of the residents! (now I’m must re-check MY photos!) Thanks for writing about Bussana, it’s amazing what the artists have done with it bringing vibrancy and life to a tragic place. More people should know about it. Have you ever been to Eze up the coast just past Monaco? Another awesome artists colony, different but cool too! 🙂

    • Ohhh, thanks for commenting, I had no idea about the story of the church, that is heartbreaking!
      Let me know if you manage to set something up there, I will visit 🙂
      I just came back from Eze actually. Spent an afternoon there and loved it. It is still early in the season there so not many shops were open on the day we went but I’m sure I will return. I wrote an article for a UK online magazine about my recent trip to Nice, Grasse and Eze. Will post the link in my next blog post.
      Thx for dropping in here, cheers, Leah

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