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A deserted medieval village occupied by former hippies… where is this dusty artist’s studio?

May 22, 2013

Take a peek into this ghost town artist’s studio, awaiting the summer months

when tourists return. Situated near the Italian – French border, this village

was built in the second half of the ninth century.  It was was thriving until

an earthquake hit in 1867, severely damaging the buildings and

forcing the inhabitants to relocate.

Despite there being no electricity, tap water or sanitation, hippie artists came

to live and work here from all over Europe in the 1960s.

Despite occasional clashes with the Italian government,

it has been officially declared The International Artists Village.

It is most alive in the summer months  when residents return to work

and sell their handiwork to tourists, as well as organize artistic events.



Take a peek at a window in  Bussana Vecchia, an ancient village

in the province of Liguria, outside of San Remo, Italy.








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