Few people know about the Romance Mountains in Tula region. Once upon a time there was an ordinary pit where brown coal was mined. The work stopped in the 90s. Since then, nature has worked tirelessly on the disturbed land. The bizarre sandstone rocks have grown into trees. Empty quarries filled rains and streams with water, and soon fish appeared in emerald blue lakes. The Romance Mountains are best visited in warm seasons and sunny weather. This is the only way you can easily get to your seat by car and enjoy the beauty of the mountains to the fullest. Part of the way you'll have to drive on a dirt road. The mountains are visible from afar, so it is impossible to get lost here.
On the way to the mountains we will visit the eco park "Clear Field" - a wonderful place for recreation and unity with nature. After that we will have a look at the spring "12 Keys" near the town of Venev to quench our thirst for fresh spring water and wander among inspiring landscapes. The bravest will reach the Romance Mountains this evening - meet the sunset there and take beautiful pictures. The rest will go to the hotel to have a good rest and gain strength before tomorrow's adventure.
The territory of the eco-park "Clear Field" is a huge platform for active and developing recreation. You can come here at least for beautiful views. And in breaks between admiring the nature resting: - riding horses; - making dishes of clay (every Sunday at 12:00); - tasting cheeses from their own cheese dairy; - cook natural soap (Saturday at 12:00); - ride bikes and feed charming goats; - participate in the PROGOOLKA Audio Quest in the open air; - Try therapeutic sessions in apidomics with beds on beehives (1 hour - 400 rubles + bed linen). There is a summer cafe on the territory of the complex. We'll have lunch here, too. The menu includes simple homemade food: vegetable salads, potatoes in uniform with fragrant herbs, young cheese with rye crispy bread, pizza and fragrant shish kebab.
Not far from the ancient town of Venyova there is a holy spring "Twelve Keys". It is considered healing. The spring is ennobled, fonts are built nearby, where you can swim and then meet the sunset at the "Glade of Brides". By the way, near the spring you can find the remains of ancient defensive structures - 4-kilometer Hraboron Gate (1638).
We stop in the town of Bogoroditsk to have a snack at the local pizzeria. By the way, the menu includes not only pizza but also pilaf, chicken in Chinese, Ossetian pies and hot dishes. Take a couple of pies with you: they will be useful during tomorrow's hike in the mountains.
This day we will spend in the Romance Mountains - a place that will make you look at your native expanses in a new way. The whole day we will swim in transparent lakes, sunbathe, fish, explore breathtaking locations to test the courage and steep selfies. We'll have to get home early. I use the word "have to" because you surely don't want to leave these Martian landscapes, which with their beauty beat you to the ground.
Romance Mountains near the village of Konduki is a great place for photo shoots, picnics and wild holidays. Ideally, we'll spend a few days on the beach, but we'll try to fit in one. You can swim in the lakes. The water that can be accessed by car is not the cleanest. The rest of the lakes are more suitable for swimming - the water is crystal clear, the entrance is gentle, the bottom is sandy. In quarries there are fish - perch, crucian carp, and there are also crayfish. Recently, the Rybnadzor has been controlling fishing in the quarries, but no one will forbid you to sit for an hour with a fishing rod. Let's have a picnic right in the mountains: there's nothing like dining outdoors, even among such scenery!
Isn't it time to stop on vacation? You can warm up, fill up and buy goods on the way at Gazpromneft's filling stations.
Before dinner, we'll take a little walk on the evening Stupino. I suggest we leave the car near the central square of the city. Here you can admire the administration building with a fountain and the Palace of Culture, which was built over two decades. Interesting fact: Andropova Street, which will take you to the chosen restaurant, is older than the city itself. The 3-kilometer street appeared when the working village Electrovoz was on this place. At that time it was called Udarnaya Street, because at that time the construction was proceeding at a striking pace.
You can have dinner in Stupino - in the restaurant "La Dolce Vita". The cuisine, as you guessed, is Italian. By the way, in 2019 the restaurant received a plus from the gastronomic guide Restaurant Guru - for the best pizza.