Saint Petersburg

Formerly Leningrad and sometimes referred to as the “Venice of the North”, this city is built on dozens of small isles and canals on the Neva river.

It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Russia because at the beginning of the eighteenth century, Peter the Great chose it as the city-symbol of the very powerful Russian tsarist Empire.

Each year, in June, the city becomes even more beautiful. During the longest days of the year, sunrise and sunset blend and the nights become “white.” To celebrate this natural phenomenon the city throws a festival of theatre, ballet and music.