Do you like atmospheric films, the works of Anton Chekhov and the culture of the Don Cossacks? Then this trip to the Rostov region for you. You will get a lot of positive emotions, new knowledge and beautiful pictures. The Don itself is a very picturesque area, but you will travel through the most memorable, extraordinary and beautiful places. You'll even have a look at the Merzhanovo farm, after your trip here you'll definitely want to watch or revise the movie "The Lighthouse Keeper". You'll spend two days at the Taganrog Bay, walking through cozy streets and visiting the most interesting museums. Taganrog is such an amazing city that even an ordinary coffee shop here is a sight to see. ** Book hotels along the route with cachebacks up to 10%. On the route you will find a special offer for Mastercard holders!
In the morning, go to the fortress erected in 1731 by order of Empress Anna Ioanovna. It's a great place for walks and fantasies about what happened here several centuries ago. Further on, you'll visit the Yefremov Atamans' yard, where you'll learn how the family of one of the richest and most noble Cossacks lived in the Don. On your way to Taganrog, visit the ancient city and reach the lighthouse from the movie "The Lighthouse Keeper".
In the morning, head towards Starocherkasskaya village to the fortress of St. Anna. The place is not only very picturesque, but also interesting. The fortress was erected in 1731 by order of Empress Anna Ioannovna. During the war with Turkey it served as an outpost of Russian troops. After the appearance of the Dmitry Rostovsky Fortress, where Rostov-on-Don begins, the fortress of St. Anna lost its significance. But she found another interesting application - here created a unique set of scenery, where many historical films about the Don Cossacks were shot. However, soon it was decided to transfer the scenery from the fortress of St. Anna to the ethnocomplex Kumzha. Now you can examine in detail the fragments of the fortress that have been preserved. If you are a fan of unusual historical sites and you have a good imagination, then you will definitely like it!
After a walk around the fortress, take a look at the yard of the Atamans Efremov, located on the territory of Starocherkassk Museum Reserve. The Ephemians were among the most noble and wealthy Cossacks on the Don. Now you can see several architectural monuments of XVII-XIX centuries, the most interesting is the Ataman Palace and the Efremov House Church in the name of the Don Icon of God. In the museum you can take one of the fascinating excursion programs around the Ataman Palace. During the excursion you will get acquainted with unique exhibits of life, culture and military glory of the Don Cossacks. More information about tours can be found at [site](https://siamz-ro.ru/visitors/index.php) Leave an application for the tour [online](https://siamz-ro.ru/obratnaya-svyaz.php).
Go to the city of Aksai, where the museum complex "Customs outpost" is located. On the territory of the museum you can see cold and firearms, household items of customs officers, maps and handwritten documents of the past years, as well as learn about the trades and crafts of the Cossacks and other residents of the Lower Don. The exposition of the museum "Customs Service on the Don in the XVIII century" is located in the underground premises of the stone cellar and the adjoining building. We strongly recommend taking a tour to really feel the atmosphere of this place.
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In the afternoon, head to the Nedvigovka farm, where the Tanais open-air archaeological museum is located. The basis of the reserve is formed by the sites of the ancient city of Tanais, discovered as a result of research of the Lower Don expedition of the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The open-air museum exposition includes large-scale reconstructions of ancient structures and a collection of massive, voluminous finds, mainly made of stone. There are more than 140 thousand units in the Reserve's funds. It is simply unrealistic to explore all the exhibits by yourself, so we suggest you take a fascinating tour here too. You can learn more about excursion and interactive programs on the Reserve's territory [here](https://www.museum-tanais.ru/excursions). Please note! You can buy a ticket to the territory only online at the official [site](http://www.museum-tanais.ru/booking). It is better to do it in advance, at least a week.
After Tanais, go to the set of the film "The Beacon Keeper". The lighthouse appeared in 2017 and became a favorite tourist attraction, it offers an incredible view of the Taganrog Bay and beautiful photos.
For dinner we offer to go to a restaurant of Italian cuisine, located in the heart of Taganrog. The facility has cozy interior and a large choice of Italian dishes and drinks from Sapore Italiano's chefs, as well as delicious desserts cooked at its own confectionery.
Walks through the most interesting museums of Taganrog start! An exciting excursion awaits you in the art museums, where works of the most outstanding Russian artists are kept. You will visit the place where Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born. Visit the grocery store of the writer's father, where little Antosh loved to visit and watch his parent's work. Visit the brother of the great composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
The study of the history of the Rostov region continues, but first thing today go to the famous coffee house in Taganrog - Freken Bock. Today just have breakfast in the best cafe in town, and tomorrow we'll tell you a little more about it!
After breakfast, walk to the Taganrog Art Museum, which is a couple hundred metres from the coffeehouse. The museum can rightfully be considered a pearl of the South of Russia, here are collected works of leading masters of XVIII-XIX centuries - A.P. Antropov, F.S. Rokotov, I.E. Repin, V.I. Surikov, I.I. Shishkin, I.I. Levitan and other outstanding Russian artists. By the way, the museum itself is located in the mansion of the last third of the XIX century, which has fully preserved its historical appearance. There are three excursion programs on the territory of the museum, you can get acquainted with them [on the official site](http://www.artmuseumtgn.ru/visitors/). We advise you to take an excursion "Three centuries of Russian art". Please note the opening hours: Daily from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday off, the last Friday of every month is a health day.
Visit the man who was at the origin of the Taganrog Art Museum. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in Taganrog and loved this city very much. In the house you will visit, the writer lived from 9 to 14 years. On the first floor there was a shop, and on the second floor the Chekhov family lived. Little Anton was very fond of watching his father work in the shop. Remembering this place he reflected in many of his works, such as "Vanka" or "Singers". The museum isn't open on Mondays.
Taganrog has many places associated with Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, you will continue to study them after a short snack. For lunch, visit the tavern "Mill", get to the other side of town, but it's worth it! You've never tasted such delicious Ajarian khachapuri!
The next attraction is the oldest memorial Chekhov museum in Russia. The Chekhov House Museum is located in a small outbuilding in the former home of merchant A.D. Gnutov. The writer's parents lived here from summer 1859 to March 1861. The future playwright was also born here. The exposition of the museum includes photos of the Chekhov family, family relics and household items. The museum isn't open on Mondays.
After traveling to the XIX century and studying interesting facts from the life of the great writer A.P. Chekhov, go to visit another famous family. If you think that the house belongs to a famous Russian composer, it is not quite true. This is where Peter Ilyich's brother, naval officer Hippolyte Ilyich Tchaikovsky, lived. However, the composer stayed with his brother several times. It is worth to come here at least to just look at this majestic architectural monument, walk around the territory and, of course, look into the museum room, where you can see a collection of notebooks and listen to the famous works of Pyotr Ilyich. Please note that tours are only available on Wednesdays.
Now go to Taganrog's main attraction, the Stone Stairs, which is over 100 years old. You can walk to it from the Tchaikovsky Museum. The staircase is known for its unusual visual illusion - if you look at it from top to bottom, it seems to be the same width. But if you look upwards, you can see it shrinking gradually. By the way, near the stairs is another attraction of Taganrog - Sun Clock, which recently checked the time for all street clocks.
Last museum for today and a walk in the park! The museum is located in the mansion of E. Sharonov, built in 1912. Here you will learn about different architectural styles and see their reflection in various miniatures and works of decorative and applied art. More details about the museum can be found [on site](http://tgliamz.ru/obekty-pokaza/Gradostroitelstvo-byt.php). The museum isn't open on Mondays.
In the evening we suggest you relax in the park of culture and leisure and look at Taganrog from the Ferris wheel.
For dinner, go to the butcher and bull meat club. Despite its harsh name, it has very friendly and responsive waiters. And it's also very cozy! On the menu, there are more than 50 best meat dishes from all over the world.
Taganrog is an amazing city, even an ordinary seemingly coffee shop is a sight to see. In the morning you will take beautiful pictures for memory near the monument to Faina Ranevskaya. Go to the local history museum, located in a mansion with a wealth of decorative decoration reminiscent of the palaces of Russian nobles of the end of the XVIII century. Learn more about the life and work of the writer Ivan Dmitrievich Vasilenko and visit the house of the famous trainer Anatoly Durov.
Yesterday we decided not to attach importance to this institution, but we are sure that you have found out for yourself. The art cafe was created in memory of the great Soviet theater and film actress and named after the character from the trilogy about the Little Man and Carlson - Freken Bock, who speaks with the voice of Faina Ranevskaya. On the menu you have already seen those famous buns!
After breakfast, we suggest you go to the monument to Faina Ranevskaya and take a great photo, which will remind you of a fascinating trip to the city of Taganrog.
The Taganrog State Museum Reserve is so vast that it takes at least a week to study it all. In these two days, you will study only the most basic things. So, this morning, head to the Alferaqi Palace, which is different from the rest of the city with its rich ornamental decoration. During the Soviet era, the palace was the basis of the Museum of Local History, which houses a unique collection of memorabilia from the museum of Emperor Alexander I, a collection of archaeological finds of famous archaeologists brothers - AA and M.A. Millerov, a unique oriental collection of General P.K. Renenkampf. For more information about the Alferaqi family, please read [online](http://www.tgliamz.ru/obekty-pokaza/Dvorec_Alferaki.php), here you will find information about the palace at different times. The museum isn't open on Mondays.
Today you are leaving Taganrog, so we suggest after a trip to the museum to walk along the promenade and once again admire the bay.
Another cultural heritage site in the Taganrog Museum Reserve is the house of writer I.D. Vasilenko. Here he lived for 40 years and wrote most of his famous books for children - "Magic Box", "Green Chest", "Golden Shoes". The exposition of the museum will tell about the life and work of the writer. Here you can see the office of Vasilenko, who has preserved its original appearance, watch excerpts from the films made by Ivan Dmitrievich. The museum isn't open on Mondays.
For lunch, visit the restaurant "Chocolate", do not be afraid of its name, here you can try not only delicious desserts, but also all kinds of snacks, soups, salads, even pasta. And also in this institution very tasty cocktails!
The next attraction is quite unusual - the cell of St. Blessed Paul Taganrogsky. The cell can be called a chapel-museum, there are regularly held not only excursions, but also prayers. The history of this place is rich and atypical, there is something to listen and see. The surrounding area is very cozy, there is an atmosphere of peace.
The last museum for today has an exposition devoted to Anatoly Durov. Here you will learn about the creative path of the animal trainer and artist, methods of animal training, numerous foreign tours and his worldwide recognition. The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday.
You passed this memorial on your way to Taganrog, but it was already late and dark, it would not have been possible to see it well. Today we propose to make a stop here and explore this place better. Memorial of Glory "To the Heroes of the Mius-Front Breakthrough and Liberation of Taganrog" symbolizes the friendship of the peoples who defended their homeland in the harsh years of war and perpetuates the memory of heroes.
Evening of the last day of the trip we invite you to spend in the titled wine bar "LEO Wine & Kitchen", the best regional restaurant of Russia 2O19 according to the magazine GQ. A glass of good wine and a delicious pasta after such a rich journey, what could be better?