Set among the lush green hills behind San Remo lies the village of Bussana Vecchia, a real architectural gem with a fascinating past. After the terrible earthquake in 1887 that destroyed the majority of the buildings turning it into a ghost place, Bussana flourished again in the Sixties thanks to the painter Vanni Giuffrè and Clizia, a ceramist and painter from Turin. The two artists together established the “International Community of Artists”, where painters, sculptors and poets would come to live and devote themselves exclusively to their art. Bussana is considered a sort of open-air museum where time stood still. The only way to get around is by foot. You walk to the centre of the village and can then take your time to admire the picturesque views, browse in the numerous, bustling ateliers of the painters and sculptors and peer into artists’ workshops to watch them at work.