Book Description: Fodorâ€™s Choice ratings you can trust.Â Exceptional restaurants, hotels, and sights selected to help you make the best choices.Â Simple pleasures. Â Embrace the local culture as you sample blini with caviar, stroll along the Neva River during the White Nights festival, or relax in the steam room at a Russian banya.Â Boundless activities. Â Find choices for every traveler, from exploring the world-class State Hermitage museum and browsing in trendy boutiques to watching classical ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre.Local Experts.Â Fodorâ€™s worldwide team of 700 writers reveal their favorite haunts to enrich your travel experience. Â Freshest Facts.Â You wonâ€™t find a more up-to-date guide to the region. Our writers seek out hot spots while verifying that current listings still meet our high standards. Â Travelers like you.Â Get candid advice from fellow travelers at Fodors.com, and read their â€śWord of Mouthâ€ť tips throughout this book.