Pereslavl-Zalessky
The Golden Ring of Russia
The town of Pereslavl-Zalessky is part of the "Golden Ring" of ancient towns near Moscow and is one of the most popular and architecturally rich. The Town has two Treasures which make the trip worthwhile: it’s lake, Lake Pleshcheyevo and monasteries.

Yury Dolgoruky, who founded Moscow in 1147, built the first fort and cathedral at Pereslavl Zalessky five years later. The beautiful Saviour-Transfiguration Cathedral still holds pride of place inside the earthen ramparts and is one of Russia’s oldest buildings. The medieval prince, Alexander Nevsky, who was born in Pereslavl, is commemorated in bronze nearby.
Pereslavl-Zalessky has had an extraordinary number of monasteries – as many as 12 were located in the immediate area during the mid-18th century. In part this was a reflection of the town’s role as a center of early missionary activity at a time when much of the Rostov territory had only nominally accepted Christianity. The number of monasteries was also due to the town’s position on a major pilgrimage route used not only by humble believers but also by the grand princes of Muscovy. Five monasteries still have a major presence in Pereslavl-Zalessky. 

Maslenitsa (Carnevale)
Quest’antica festa russa si protrae dalla fine dell’inverno fino all’inizio della primavera, ed è la più importante dopo quelle di Capodanno e di Natale. A Carnevale si usa bruciare giganteschi fantocci di paglia e correre in slitta sulla neve, ma soprattutto divorare tonnellate di bliny con tutti i tipi di farcitura, che vi suggerisce la fantasia: dal tradizionale caviale rosso al mirtillo rosso con salsa alla menta. Il Carnevale si festeggia per una settimana intera in tutta la Russia, perció un turista può scegliere tra un’infinità di opzioni: dalle finte battaglie per conquistare una città di neve in Siberia ai combattimenti tra oche nelle città dell’Anello d’Oro.