In the hills where flowers are cultivated for export, this self-consciously picturesque former ghost town is a flourishing artists' colony. The town was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1877, when the inhabitants packed up and left en masse. For almost a century the houses, church, and crumbling bell tower were empty shells, overgrown by weeds and wildflowers. Since the 1960s painters, sculptors, artisans, and bric-a-brac dealers have restored the dwellings as houses and studios.
8 km (5 miles) east of San Remo, San Remo, 18038, Italy