(22-25 june 2013)
St. Petersburg, probably, is the most European of Russian cities.
When you wander among its streets it almost feels like you’re in some middle European cities such as Vienna, Budapest or Prague.
The architecture reflects clearly Italian influence, especially as the most important buildings of the city are the work of Italian architects like Rastrelli, Carlo Rossi, Trezzini.
The best time to visit the city is definitely the summer, when the white nights make this city unique and fantastic. A beautiful and strange feeling to sleep late in the evening when the sun still above the horizon. And if you are in the right period, you can enjoy the famous festival of “Scarlet Sails”….
An elegant, imperial city, which is quite distinct from its capital Moscow, which is rather austere, Soviet, institutional.
It is not easy to visit the city, Cyrillic characters make it difficult to understand the signs and use underground. Little spread, also, the use of English.
If you are not expert travellers, it’s better to rely on an experienced tour operator.
The tour can only start from the Hermitage, in the royal palace origin but now a gigantic museum, among the largest in the world, with unique artwork and fantastic Italian artists, of course, are the masters. But one can not ignore the other Royal Palaces, Pushkin Palace and the Palace of Peterhof that recalls and much inspired by Versailles in Paris.
ARRIVAL (some tips):
Take from the airport ATM rubles needed for the first purchases. For about 120 € it handles 5,000 rubles.
NOT TO BE MISSED
The Hermitage Museum
The Palace Pushkin
The palace Petergof
The Church of the Saviour on Blood poured
WITH A LITTLE MORE TIME ….
The Church of St. Isaac
The Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul
WHERE TO STAY
Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden – Bataiskiy Lane, 3A
WHERE TO EAT
Sytin (Сытин) Izmailovskiy Avenue, 2A