Tatiana’s guidebook

Tatiana
Tatiana’s guidebook

Sightseeing

This is a small guide to emphasize some of the wonderful and must-see destinations that can be reached easier if you choose to stay at Double Sided Fireplace Dream Home in Stauceni. I am sure if you take this shortlist, you are guaranteed a memorable stay in Moldova. As a true Lover of Moldova and all her beauty, people, food, wine, monasteries, and historical sights, but also traditions and cultural activities, I am always at your disposal for tips and recommendations. Tatiana, with love, from Moldova
A must see while in Moldova! The wine cellars of Cricova is the second largest wine cellar in Moldova, after Milestii Mici (largest in the world). It boasts 120 kilometres (75 mi) of labyrinthine roadways, versus MM's 200 kilometres (120 mi), tunnels have existed under Cricova since the 15th century, when limestone was dug out to help build Chişinău. They were converted into an underground wine emporium in the 1950s. Half of the roadways are used for wine storage. The roads are named by the wines they store. This "wine city" has its warehouses, tasting rooms and other facilities underground. It goes down to 100 metres (330 ft) below ground and holds 1.25 million bottles of rare wine. The oldest wine dates back to 1902.
Cricova
1 Strada Petru Ungureanu
A must see while in Moldova! The wine cellars of Cricova is the second largest wine cellar in Moldova, after Milestii Mici (largest in the world). It boasts 120 kilometres (75 mi) of labyrinthine roadways, versus MM's 200 kilometres (120 mi), tunnels have existed under Cricova since the 15th century, when limestone was dug out to help build Chişinău. They were converted into an underground wine emporium in the 1950s. Half of the roadways are used for wine storage. The roads are named by the wines they store. This "wine city" has its warehouses, tasting rooms and other facilities underground. It goes down to 100 metres (330 ft) below ground and holds 1.25 million bottles of rare wine. The oldest wine dates back to 1902.
Curchi Monastery is one of the most important architectural monuments of Bessarabia, and it is also considered to be one of the most beautiful and famous monasteries of the region. It is located in Orhei forest near Curchi village, approximately 14 km southwest of the town of Orhei. The monastery is situated in the Vatici valley on a bank of the Vatic River between rich hills covered with forests, gardens and orchards. The monastery is a real gem, offering silence and peace. The monastery has a rich religious and cultural past spanning more than two centuries. It was founded in 1773-1775 and became one of the richest, most beautiful, and largest monasteries in Moldova.
Curchi Monastery
Curchi Monastery is one of the most important architectural monuments of Bessarabia, and it is also considered to be one of the most beautiful and famous monasteries of the region. It is located in Orhei forest near Curchi village, approximately 14 km southwest of the town of Orhei. The monastery is situated in the Vatici valley on a bank of the Vatic River between rich hills covered with forests, gardens and orchards. The monastery is a real gem, offering silence and peace. The monastery has a rich religious and cultural past spanning more than two centuries. It was founded in 1773-1775 and became one of the richest, most beautiful, and largest monasteries in Moldova.
One of the most popular places of interest in Moldova is a touristic zone called Old Orhei (Orheiul Vechi), which is situated on the Raut River (Răut Rău). It is a nation’s patrimony, among three villages: Butuceni, Morovaia and Trebujeni. Orhei Vechi is an archaeological and historical complex, which consists of two moderate but very old museums, ancient rocky church and also several private old-fashioned hotels in a very traditional style, located in villages Butucheni and Trebujeni. Old Orhei is an exceptionally quiet and delightful place with gorgeous and impressive landscapes and huge historical background which bring the tourists to discover Moldova's ancient roots. On the site you can taste delicious local food, made with love, and from eco products, by the village people. You will get in love with this peaceful place.
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Old Orhei
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One of the most popular places of interest in Moldova is a touristic zone called Old Orhei (Orheiul Vechi), which is situated on the Raut River (Răut Rău). It is a nation’s patrimony, among three villages: Butuceni, Morovaia and Trebujeni. Orhei Vechi is an archaeological and historical complex, which consists of two moderate but very old museums, ancient rocky church and also several private old-fashioned hotels in a very traditional style, located in villages Butucheni and Trebujeni. Old Orhei is an exceptionally quiet and delightful place with gorgeous and impressive landscapes and huge historical background which bring the tourists to discover Moldova's ancient roots. On the site you can taste delicious local food, made with love, and from eco products, by the village people. You will get in love with this peaceful place.
Tipova is famous for charming nature and the largest cave monasteries in Moldova and In Eastern Europe. The fantastic Tipova Cave Monastery is built into cliffs that tower some 200m above the Dniestr River's right (west) bank, in the tiny village of Tipova some 95km northeast of Chişinău. The monastery consists of three religious chambers and monastic cells linked by precarious steps built into the rock face. The oldest of the three chambers, the Elevation of the Holy Cross cave church, is thought to date from the 11th century. Tourists can visit the splendid path though the “Tipova” nature reserve. In ancient times (IV-III c. BC) a Geto-Dacian fortress stood in the grounds. Its remains are still visible. A really powerful place. Many people come for peregrination, yoga and meditation. It is a must see place for ti-gun practitioners, as they feel the amazing energy of this mysterious place.
Tipova Monastery
Tipova is famous for charming nature and the largest cave monasteries in Moldova and In Eastern Europe. The fantastic Tipova Cave Monastery is built into cliffs that tower some 200m above the Dniestr River's right (west) bank, in the tiny village of Tipova some 95km northeast of Chişinău. The monastery consists of three religious chambers and monastic cells linked by precarious steps built into the rock face. The oldest of the three chambers, the Elevation of the Holy Cross cave church, is thought to date from the 11th century. Tourists can visit the splendid path though the “Tipova” nature reserve. In ancient times (IV-III c. BC) a Geto-Dacian fortress stood in the grounds. Its remains are still visible. A really powerful place. Many people come for peregrination, yoga and meditation. It is a must see place for ti-gun practitioners, as they feel the amazing energy of this mysterious place.
Transnistria, a forgotten remnant of the Soviet Union, is an unrecognized country hidden between Moldova and Ukraine, known as the ‘Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic’ (or ‘PMR’). Tiraspol, the capital, and Dubasari, at 35 minutes distance from Double Sided Fire Place House in Stauceni, are two cities that will take you back to the Soviet times. You can take the road to Criuneli and cross the border at Molovata. One of the most notable things about Transnistria (and Tiraspol in particular) is the prevalence of Soviet symbology. While socialist monuments and busts of Lenin may still be commonplace in other former-USSR nations such as Belarus, and Russia, Transnistria goes one step further, actually referring to itself as a ‘soviet state.’ Communist motifs appear everywhere from schools and universities to the nation’s hammer-and-sickle flag. Meanwhile, Tiraspol’s parliament still meets in the city’s ‘Dom Sovetov,’ or, ‘House of the Soviets.’ While almost every other country in the world refuses to acknowledge the independence of Transnistria, this autonomous territory nevertheless features its own presidential government, a national flag, anthem and even a currency: the Transnistrian Ruble.
Tiraspol
Transnistria, a forgotten remnant of the Soviet Union, is an unrecognized country hidden between Moldova and Ukraine, known as the ‘Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic’ (or ‘PMR’). Tiraspol, the capital, and Dubasari, at 35 minutes distance from Double Sided Fire Place House in Stauceni, are two cities that will take you back to the Soviet times. You can take the road to Criuneli and cross the border at Molovata. One of the most notable things about Transnistria (and Tiraspol in particular) is the prevalence of Soviet symbology. While socialist monuments and busts of Lenin may still be commonplace in other former-USSR nations such as Belarus, and Russia, Transnistria goes one step further, actually referring to itself as a ‘soviet state.’ Communist motifs appear everywhere from schools and universities to the nation’s hammer-and-sickle flag. Meanwhile, Tiraspol’s parliament still meets in the city’s ‘Dom Sovetov,’ or, ‘House of the Soviets.’ While almost every other country in the world refuses to acknowledge the independence of Transnistria, this autonomous territory nevertheless features its own presidential government, a national flag, anthem and even a currency: the Transnistrian Ruble.

Food scene

This village attracts tourists as it keeps the old-fashioned Moldavian traditions with its colorful houses, narrow streets and amazing nature. Almost every single house has the agricultural and livestock courtyards. I had a great experience with the Butuceni restaurant-houses with amazing meals and hospitality. They look very charming from the outside because they remind you of your grandmother’s house, where you can relax after the walking tour around all the cave monasteries. You will be pleased by the taste of traditional Moldavian zama soup, mamaliga with fried fish or meat and a glass of cold white wine. Once you try homemade bakery, you will definitely fall in love with it. Don't leave without tasting Placinta.
Butuceny
This village attracts tourists as it keeps the old-fashioned Moldavian traditions with its colorful houses, narrow streets and amazing nature. Almost every single house has the agricultural and livestock courtyards. I had a great experience with the Butuceni restaurant-houses with amazing meals and hospitality. They look very charming from the outside because they remind you of your grandmother’s house, where you can relax after the walking tour around all the cave monasteries. You will be pleased by the taste of traditional Moldavian zama soup, mamaliga with fried fish or meat and a glass of cold white wine. Once you try homemade bakery, you will definitely fall in love with it. Don't leave without tasting Placinta.
Located just 45 km away from Chisinau, Château Vartely has become a standout winery with a distinct architecture and charm of a picturesque retreat, offering a stunning view from the top of the hill. The court of the winery is arranged as an open air wine museum that combines exhibits from the local winemaking history with the architectural art. Château Vartely actively promotes the culture of high quality wines and educated wine consumption. This winery not only do produce wine, we also cultivate love for this noble beverage.
Chateau Vartely
170B Strada Eliberării
Located just 45 km away from Chisinau, Château Vartely has become a standout winery with a distinct architecture and charm of a picturesque retreat, offering a stunning view from the top of the hill. The court of the winery is arranged as an open air wine museum that combines exhibits from the local winemaking history with the architectural art. Château Vartely actively promotes the culture of high quality wines and educated wine consumption. This winery not only do produce wine, we also cultivate love for this noble beverage.
Traditional cousine, very tasty food and nice place to have meals on the way to Orheiul Vechi ( Old Orhei) or back. Large territory, family friendly. Strongly recommended!
Doi Haiduci
Traditional cousine, very tasty food and nice place to have meals on the way to Orheiul Vechi ( Old Orhei) or back. Large territory, family friendly. Strongly recommended!