About the city
It is no exaggeration to say that St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful and unusual cities in the world. Designed by Italian architects and built by the Germans on the northern marshes, St. Petersburg was founded under the impulse of Peter the Great who wanted to move away from Russian customs and open a window to Europe. Therefore, the city is an incredible combination of European appearance and the Russian spirit.
Despite being a rather young city, the residence of the Russian tsars boasts an eventful history and an extraordinary architectural heritage. Imperial city, theater of two revolutions, protagonist of a long siege, marked by the communist domination, inspiring muse for writers, Saint Petersburg is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe.
Due to the extremely northern location, the city is quite cold and gray, but this is offset by the beauty of the sky, which often surprises its spectator with the most unexpected colors. In the period from late spring to early summer, the city is painted with the particularly unusual light of the night sun. The white nights themselves are one of the main attractions of St. Petersburg. If you happen to arrive in the city in this magical period, you'll have the possibility to watch the bridges opening from the water during a boat trip, meeting the dawn at 4 am.
St. Petersburg is also called the "Venice of the North" because it is built on the 42 islands of the delta of the Neva river and boasts 69 rivers and canals that are intertwined in the city center. Thanks to more than 300 bridges, 18 of which can be raised. Saint Petersburg is considered a real "bridge museum". This unusual amusement of the raising bridges for tourists means for all inhabitants who live on the other side of the river that at about midnight they have to face one the most typical dilemmas of St. Petersburg: either return at home to the other side of the river or to wait for the bridge to close, usually after five in the morning.