Here's a Few Words About Us and Our Website

Want to know more about the St Petersburg Essential Guide? Wondering who's behind this site? We are flattered!☺So here it goes...

First of all, welcome to the St Petersburg Essential Guide, our independent on-line travel guide dedicated to helping you make the most of your trip to St Petersburg, Russia.

I (Davide) and Anastasia posing together for a photo on the beautiful Gulf of Finland in St Petersburg, Russia.

Our names are Davide and Anastasia, two locals and now founders of St-Petersburg-EssentialGuide.com.

Inspired by our deep love and vast knowledge of the great city of St Petersburg, Russia, at the end of 2012 we embarked on this exciting web journey to bring beautiful St Petersburg to you and to the world.

We are not a travel agency and we have no connections with the St Petersburg city tourism office or travel industry. As such, we have no economic support from the government or private companies.

We are just two real people who run this website independently. We are passionate about travel, sharing ideas and community building. We love our Russian city and nothing could make us happier than for you to like it too.

All the information you'll find on this site is genuine and first-hand. We will never recommend anything unless we are absolutely confident it's the best.

That's our promise to you!

how it all started

It all began with me (Davide) moving to St Petersburg, Russia at the end of 2012.

After living and working in the UK and Ireland for five years I was looking for a break and a change, so I decided to move to a new place and start something on my own, though I did not know what yet. After knowing each other for a long time, Anastasia invited me to St Petersburg. So I took this opportunity and flew to Russia.

A few weeks after my arrival, I started spending hours on the internet hoping to find interesting ideas and any inspiration I could lay my hands on to make my days meaningful. Anastasia was interested too, so she joined me in my search! 

After days of searching and thinking, we finally came up with an idea and the right tools to begin our first journey into the world wide web.

As we both love travel, we decided to pour my web skills and Anastasia's knowledge and passion about this Russian city into a travel website that gives a helping hand to tourists searching for information on Russia's cultural capital.

That's how St-Petersburg-EssentialGuide.com was born, in short!


a bit more about me... davide

Hi, my name is Davide and I am the founder, webmaster and publisher of St-Petersburg-Essentialguide.com.

Basically I am the one who has built this site and written the stuff you read! Currently, I am still working on it on a regular basis!

I was born and raised in Italy, in a small town called Urbino not too far from the Adriatic Sea. It did not take too long for me to realize that my future was not in Italy, but unfortunately elsewhere, though in the future I might go back.

In fact, after finishing my university degree in 2006, I moved out, travelled across all five continents, lived in five different international cities, learned three languages, worked at eBay and met so many interesting and funny people around the world.

Of course, I did also have fun directing a few short reportages and short films due to my passion for filming. I found the time to think about life, love and family; and like everyone, I also went through life's ups and downs. 

If I was to describe myself in three adjectives I would say that I am a creative person, friendly, and a free spirit.

My favorite quote is...

..."Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

H. Jackson Brown Jr 


a bit more about anastasia

Hi, my name is Anastasia and I am the co-founder of St-Petersburg-Essentialguide.com.

Basically I am the one who suggested creating this site and helped to provide the information you read!

I was born in Leningrad, USSR and grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia so I can tell you that I have seen the good and bad of the two different epochs of my city. Today, I am very impressed by how much it has changed in the last 20 years! Now St Petersburg is pretty much like any European city, though its unique soul, culture and architecture will never change.

St Petersburg is the place where I graduated from Polytechnical University and finished my PhD in genetics, but it isn't the only city where I have lived. I spent one year in Rome and several months in London. I have travelled only around Europe so far, but I have plans to travel more and discover new countries and cultures.

I speak English and Italian (easy to guess why☺) and I love teaching Russian to foreigners (I worked as a Russian language teacher at the Herzen University). Currently I work in an office and in my spare time I enjoy working on our website and sharing all I know about St Petersburg with you.

Добро пожаловать в Санкт-Петербург!

"I dedicate this website to my grandmother who was St Petersburg born and bred and survived during the Siege of Leningrad in 1941-1944".

who is this site for

The imperial city of the Tsars is growing fast and becoming globally more popular year after year, so people interested in coming here need more fresh and reliable information to get the most from their Russian vacation. At least this is what we think!

So if you are among those people who need unbiased information about the city or some help planning your Russian trip, then this website is for you.

If, like us, you look for travel sites that are more comprehensive than blogs, more personal and less commercial than airline/hotel booking sites or tourist board promotional material, then again this website is for you.

If you want to experience St Petersburg, Russia outside the traditional tourist routes, this website will help you to do that.

We have created St Petersburg Essential Guide to share with you practical and pure travel information based on our own experiences and the experiences of other travellers as well as what we've read.

Simply, this website is made by two travellers, for travellers!


our mission

Our mission is simple:

We want to give you information from a local point of view on what to do and see in the city, about how to save money and be safe, where to splurge and everything else you need for your stay in the amazing city of Peter the Great.

About St Petersburg Essential Guide
  • We want you to experience the city like a local without feeling excessively like a tourist.
  • We don't want you to pay inflated prices to tour operators for guides, accommodation or transportation.
  • We are here to try to help you and to make your travel to St Petersburg, Russia as affordable and enjoyable as possible.
  • We want to be the bridge between Russia and the rest of the world.

As we are locals, generally we have been to the places and experienced the attractions we talk about! And if there is something we haven’t seen or done yet, be sure that we will do it soon and we'll share it with you.

one last thing

Unfortunately, you may not yet find all the information you're looking for because this website is still in its infancy.

For us it's important to do a good job! This means publishing high quality information that we think might be handy or interesting for anyone who wants to travel to St Petersburg, Russia. Well, to do this takes time!

And as I said earlier, I (Davide) am the publisher (the one who writes the content) and as I am from Italy, my first language is Italian so there may be some mistakes and the writing won't be too elaborate - I'm not Bill Bryson! But I am just a creative guy and together with Anastasia, we want to introduce the city of St Petersburg to you and the world through our own experiences, but in a friendly way.

Please e-mail us if you have any questions, suggestions, feedback you'd like to share with other travelers.

Thanks for stopping by.

We hope you will love St Petersburg as much as we do!

Ждём вас здесь!



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