St Petersburg Russia, since the fall of the Soviet era and its modern and political gradual renaissance, has become a friendly and developed Russian city, far easier to visit than a decade ago.
Once a swamp, then an imperial city, now Russia’s most cultural city, St Petersburg is one of the most charming and attractive cities in the world and perhaps the number one attraction for many visitors. Thanks to its majestic appearance and wonderfully preserved heritage as well as its international arts program it has become one of the best travel destination in Russia and, just recently, in the world.
With 310 years of exciting and rich history, the magnificent architecture and its hidden golden treasures, the city of Peter I and Catherine the Great has more diverse cultural, historical and family-friendly attractions to entertain you than you can imagine.
But like it or not, there's a lot more to this north-western city of Russia than just to visit giant palaces, museums, monuments, cathedrals, Russian restaurants, Russian ballet and so forth.
In fact, if you want and have time, there is a significant past and present to know, the Russian culture to understand, the Russian folklore to experience, a vast Russian literature to read and much more.
Anytime Anastasia and I (Davide) walk around in St Petersburg, there is always a place, an old building, a square or a memorial we pass by that refers to previous, or even ancient times. Looking at them without knowing the meaning of these monuments is honestly a pity and does not really help to get the feeling of this amazing Russian city.
Therefore, if you are interested in visiting this brilliant cultural capital and want to get the most out of your Russian vacation, then you definitely need to look beyond the basic stuff and learn a bit more about it.
Alternatively, you can always tour St Petersburg with a professional guide. This way you won't miss out on anything, and best of all, you'll feel better connected from your first day in the city.
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Located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea, St Petersburg Russia is a mecca of beautiful cultural, historical, and architectural landmarks.
It's a picturesque and maritime imperial city. All is airy and light. There is no shade about the picture, no variety of tone. Everything is so convenient, so good looking, so sensibly arranged, and very modern.
Of course, as with many cities in the world, there are also some downsides.
Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and known as the capital of the Russian empire, the city was first governed by the members of the Romanov family and later on by the leaders of the communist era such as Lenin and Stalin.
Once called Leningrad and then the Northern capital of Russia, today the city of St- Petersburg is not only an open-air museum, but also an expression of the last three hundred years of Russian history.
With a population of more than five million people, Saint Petersburg is one of the most actively developing regions in Russia. In fact, it is the second largest economic, academic and scientific center in the country.
For this reason it has great potential for economic growth.
The Tsar Peter's intention was to build a Russian city that would rival Paris and Rome for architectural glory.
Split into four sections by the large Neva River, the city was built upon 100 islands, with more than 60 rivers and canals. Compared to Moscow, St Petersburg is more compact, walkable, manageable and architecturally intact. In one word, a pleasure to discover!☺
Included in the Top 25 Travelers’ Choice World Destinations and also listed as a UNESCO world cultural legacy site, St Petersburg Russia is a beautiful and fascinating Russian travel destination and one of the most intriguing and historically compelling cities in Europe.
With more than 180 museums, 50 theatres, 114 concert venues, 7 parks and over 5000 cultural landmarks, there is a lot to do and see here.
As a major trade gateway, industrial and financial center, the economy of this western European Russian city is considered the fifth largest in the country.
Currently growing thanks to its industrial production; which mainly includes oil and gas, metallurgy, machine building, metal processing and much more; the city of Saint Petersburg is now second only to Moscow among all Russian cities in terms of industrial output.
Russians read a lot, and they will be very surprised if you tell them you have not read any books of Pushkin or Tolstoy or don't you know anything about their country!
Being born in such an evolved cultural city, the Petersburgers are well educated and have a high level of intellect. In fact, a sizable proportion of the employed population is engaged in education, the arts, and the sciences. Also, Russian people are considered very intelligent by the international community.
This explains why St Petersburg is one of Russia’s most important centers for education and scientific research.
The lifestyle of Russians depends mainly on their income levels. If you are rich, you have a good life. But if you are poor, well... then you are going to have some serious problems as everywhere else.
However, compared with America, or with other western countries, where people value "things", in Russia, Russian people mainly value each other, their family and life in general.
But today, with the current growing economy, Russian society has begun to transform and is showing signs of change, despite a strongly rooted Russian culture and tradition.
That's why from the past few years up to now you may have seen a lot of Russians traveling in Europe or other western places.
Written by Davide C.