City of poets: Anna Akhmatova
SPb has been the heart of Russian literature tradition since the second part of the 18th century and still retains this status. For more than 250 years its melancholic and inspiring atmosphere attracts noble men of poetry, who, even spent the most part of their lives outside SPb managed to create their genious masterpieces here, under our ongoing grey sky and abundant rain. The list of writer's & poet's names can be ennumerated endlessly and it will never lighten up this side of Russian culture adequately.
The greatest contribution to our literary heritage was made during so called Silver Age of Russian culture. In this aspect a lot of poets' names can be recollected, but Anna Akhmatova stands separately from all of them & not only because of her genious talent. She was also a very important witness of the events of that period and even decades after them she wrote a lot about pre-revolutionary Russia and SPb.
We shall start our excursion with a lunch in "Rambling dog" art-cafe, the heart of Silver age of Russian culture, so, you'd better be hungry a bit ;-) Than you'll see our famous bookshop on Nevskii prospect near Fountanka river, which attracted all intellectuals of Soviet Russia. After it we can ramble at Achmatova's garden and visit her museum-flat nearby. And finally we'll see notorious jailhouse "Cresty", where Lev Gumilev, her son, was inprisoned in 30ties, which influenced greatly on her personality and the main leitmotif in her poetry.
Regular ticket: 600 RUB per person
Metro station Nevskiy prospect
City of poets: Anna Akhmatova - customer reviews
February, 20 2013
I urge anyone with an interest in Russian literature to go on this fascinating and informative tour. How much do you know about the extraordinary lyrical poet Anna Akhmatova? However much or however little, Daniel will have so much to show you and share with you. Akhmatova became famous before the Revolution, enthralling audiences in the Rambling Dog cafe with her grand, melancholic delivery, which you can hear at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIkAedcmsA8&feature=endscreen&NR=1
Silenced for many years by the Soviet regime, unable even to write down her poems, she founds friends ready to memorize them for future generations to love and admire. Many hundreds of beautiful lines were retained in this way, and only written down in the late 50's. Daniel knows all the important places associated with her life and work - the Rambling Dog, the bookshop on Nevsky Prospect, her museum in the house on the Fontanka - and has stories ready to tell about all of them. He may even, with a little prompting, recite from memory some of her most famous poem, Requiem, as he did to my amazement and delight as we were walking down Liteiny Prospect! From there we went onto the bank of the Neva, and looked across at Kresty prison on the opposite bank. Why were we there? Take the tour and find out. Believe me, if you love Russian literature you won't be disappointed.
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Хотим всей семьей сказать Данилу СПАСИБО! Не каждому экскурсоводу под силу очаровать и заинтересовать компанию из трех детей, тринадцати, восьми и трех лет во главе с их мамашей!Тем не менее, у нас получилась прекрасная неспешная прогулка, наполненная очень интересными историями о городе и его жителях, общими размышлениями и наблюдениями и, конечно, всякими сладостями. Мы обязательно вернемся! )almost 3 years ago
Были на этой экскурсии 23.06.14 вдвоём с сыном (12 лет). Всё очень понравилось. Впоследствии из-за посещения пышечной ребенок назвал Данила "самым вкусным экскурсоводом")))Экскурсия действительно получилась необычная , интересная добрая и какая-то душевная. Большое спасибо.almost 3 years ago