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Kizhi museum-reserve to introduce tourist programs in Italy

November 14, 2016, 17:35 UTC+3

Over the past five years, around 20,000 Italians have visited the Kizhi island including 2,800 in 2015

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PETROZAVODSK, November 14. /TASS/. The Kizhi museum-reserve will introduce its tourist programs on November 17 at the opening ceremony of the second Visit Russia national tourist office in Italy, museum spokesman Dmitry Dyugai told TASS. The first Visit Russia office was launched in 2015.

“The museum director Yelena Bogdanova will hold a presentation of the Kizhi museum-reserve at the opening ceremony of the Visit Russia center in Milan, she will speak on the museum’s tourist programs and answer questions. The museum has made a presentation video for the ceremony,” Dyugai said.

According to him, over the past five years, around 20,000 Italians have visited the Kizhi island including 2,800 in 2015. Italy ranks fifth in terms of the total number of tourists visiting the Kizhi island, the museum spokesman added. The museum offers five to twenty tourist programs depending on the season.

“We expect that by promoting the museum through the Visit Russia offices, we will woo more Italian tourists in the next few years,” Dyugai noted.

The Kizhi museum-reserve is one of the largest open air museums in Russia. It is a unique historical, cultural and natural complex and one of the most treasured cultural heritage objects in the country. The Kizhi Pogost consisting of two wooden churches and a bell tower, and included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites, is the main historical site. In 2015, 162,000 tourists, half of them foreign nationals, visited the Kizhi island.

The second Visit Russia national tourist office in Italy is scheduled to open in Milan on November 17. The first tourist office was launched in Rome in the autumn of 2015.

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