TRANSYLVANIA, BEYOND VAMPIRES AND CASTLES

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A trip to a region surrounded by mysteries and legends; a seductive veil that should not obscure its real sides. The Transylvania of Vlad Ţepeş and Stoker’s Dracula is a land of severe castles and fortresses located on steep cliffs, where it is not difficult to imagine supernatural creatures. But it is also and mainly a Region of colorful Saxon towns and villages suspended in time, monasteries and singular fortified churches, thick woods and ski resorts. A wide “corner” on the edge of Mitteleuropa and yet inside it, where the Germanic, Wallachian (Romanian) and Hungarian cultures converge.

Transylvania is freezing“. “You’d better go there in summer“. These are common statements about Romania’s most famous and visited region. If the first one is definitely true, some objections can be put forward to the second one. A trip to Transylvania during summer – highly recommended – will allow you not to (literally) beat the teeth while visiting towns, castles, fortresses and monasteries; to enjoy the restful view of the green Carpathians and to travel with a light equipment.

But do not underestimate the appeal of visiting a land of myths and mysteries in the middle of winter, when adventures are diluted in amazing views with an extra dose of suggestion: the snow, the crisp and dry air to cut the face and making everything clearer and still, as the scenery had been “frozenin its timeless charm.

Transylvania: the mountain landscape surrounds the famous Râșnov Citadel. Photo by Filippo Nardozza

Transylvania: the mountain landscape surrounds the famous Râșnov Citadel. Photo by Filippo Nardozza

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