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Roman day in Nikopolis ad Istrum on April, 13th

download4The archaeological reserve of Nicopolis ad Istrum will be the scene of large historical re-enactments of life in the Roman Empire; the ruins of the town are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo. Vestal virgins, legionaries, patricians, noble Romans and a variety of rituals and crafts will come to life among the remains of the ancient town.

The Roman day is part of the Cultural Tourism International Expo. The idea behind the event is to present the changes that were done in the archaeological reserve last summer in front of visitors, travel agents and participants in the fair.  After the changes the place is more friendly and people-oriented. The happening is organized by Tsarevgrad Tarnov Municipal Tourism Agency with the cooperation of Veliko Tarnovo Regional Historical Museum.

Acting troupes from the town of Svishtov will recreate much of the action and battle scenes during the day. The legionaries’ demonstrations will be accompanied by crafts representations like blacksmithing and coin cutting. Visitors at Nicopolis ad Istrum will be presented with the opportunity to shoot a bow and arrow and to try ancient Roman cuisine; a fish soup will be prepared on the spot according to an old authentic recipe.

EW-AM785_reenac_G_20120628114335A Roman wedding will be recreated amidst the remains of the agora. The ancient ritual dating 1500 years back in time will start with a home cleansing dance performed by the vestal virgins.  A theatre group from the community centre in Debelets will re-embody the vestals.

Everyone who is interested in the past of the ancient town is welcomed to join the free guided tours organized by Veliko Tarnovo Regional Historical Museum. This year for the first time there will be picnicking as part of the pastimes activities during the day; a pleasant way to combine a day of rest within a beautiful setting with a journey back in time. The Roman day starts at 10.30 am and entrance is free.

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Green light for the roundabouts in the centre of Veliko Tarnovo


The cost of the project is 50,000 lv

Veliko Tarnovo approved the new roundabout project in the town centre, in front of Iskra Community Centre. The new traffic organization will comprise of three separate roundabout sections and will also have its own defrosting system that will apply chemicals on command in the winter months.

The project has been developed by a team of experts from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia.

The new roundabouts will be coordinated with Traffic police requirements; the new traffic organization will be marked and road sign will be erected. There will be no street digging up. The Dutch-style turbo-roundabouts are to be constructed via plastic-and-rubber dividers and separators which are not going to inflict damages on cars in case of contact. The dividers will be phosphorescent and will glow in the night.

There will be three small roundabout sections starting from the Green market to Iskra Community Centre. This way traffic jams that usually occur in that area will be avoided. The innovation is borrowed from Holland and will be the only one of its kind in Bulgaria. After the completion of the project, time spent in traffic will be reduced 5 times. All the vehicles passing through the central part of Veliko Tarnovo will feel the difference. Currently the traffic in the area is the heaviest in the whole town. The implementation of the project should be completed by the autumn.


Tsarevets Fortress lights up in blue

download (1)Veliko Tarnovo’s Tsarevets Fortress will light up in blue on April, 2nd from 20.04 pm. In this way the town will show its support for people with autism.  The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014. Its aim is to raise awareness of autism on all levels in society.

The initiative is held under the slogan Light It Up Blue and various participant are emblematic buildings and monuments like the iconic statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Empire State Building in New York, Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls.

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New Paintball Arena near Veliko Tarnovo

20,000 lv are invested in Veliko Tarnovo’s newest attraction

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The first of its kind action centre for the region and Central Northern Bulgaria opened up on Sunday. People from Veliko Tarnovo and the region finally have a place to let steam off  . They can wage pretend battles coping computer games and Hollywood action movies.

The battle field is situated next to Trapezitsa Railway Station, just outside Veliko Tarnovo and includes abandoned industrial halls that are now given new life. There are several action sites with different terrain specifications. The complex will be further expanded and in the near future will also offer other recreational activities such as an Indoor Rope Park.

The creators of the venue wanted to show that besides the profound cultural and historical sites Veliko Tarnovo has to offer, it can be chosen as a sports and recreation destination.

Paintball is extremely popular all over the world. The game is fun and develops different skills. Many companies use the past-time activity to build the team spirit of their employees. The owners of the Paintball Arena said that they will actively encourage children to go and spend some time at the centre as an alternative to simply staying in front of the computers at home.


Veliko Tarnovo hosts a wine expo

images (10)Over 150 premium Bulgarian wines and fine alcoholic beverages will be presented at an exhibition that is first of its kind to ever happen in Veliko Tarnovo. There will be also be degustation of high-quality alcoholic drinks at the fair and the spirits will be available to be purchased straight from their producers at preferential prices.

The wine expo will be held under the slogan ‘New wines come with the spring’ and will be open for visitors on March, 21st and 22nd in Rafael Mihaylov Exhibition Halls. It is organized by a local company that deals with wine and alcoholic beverages distribution. Visitors are welcomed from 10 am till 19 pm; the entrance is free.

1280436590-wineTwenty Bulgarian producers of wines and alcoholic beverages will be present at the exposition. They will put on display young wines as well as vintage ones. Visitor will have the chance to see unique liquors such as the Special Troyan Plum Rakiya from 1989; a bottle of the 43% alcohol beverage is sold at a factory price of 155 lv. There will be also many other high-quality spirits like rums, liqueurs, vermouths and also lager from the local brewery. Exhibition guests will have the opportunity to consult different wine specialists, enologists and sommeliers.

According to experts, Bulgarians’ wine-drinking culture is improving; in their words lately there is an increased consummation of white and rosé wines. Wine quality is getting better and Bulgaria is now placed side by side with its wine competitors Italy and Spain.

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Veliko Tarnovo and Burgas are the best towns to live in Bulgaria


Breath-taking Veliko Tarnovo.
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For the first time the ‘Best Town to Live in Bulgaria’ prize is awarded to two towns; the competition is organized by one of the leading radio stations in Bulgaria in cooperation with a top-rank newspaper.  ‘The Best Town to Live in Bulgaria’ campaign was first organized in 2007.

Veliko Tarnovo and Burgas won the top spot with 40 points. All participating towns were appraised by 20 criteria. Veliko Tarnovo was crowned for the first time and Burgas for the third. The two winners received their awards by the Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at a ceremony held at the National Art Gallery in Sofia.

Both towns were scrutinized according to the following criteria: ecological conditions, in town sports options, availability of bicycle lanes, number of kindergartens, main streets condition, number of parking spaces, time spent in traffic jams, free Wi-Fi in public areas, hospitals equipment and conditions, proximity to airports, number of universities and high schools with foreign languages learning, criminal activity statistics, per capita birth rates, etc.

Twenty-seven Bulgarian municipalities took part in the campaign.

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Richard Clayderman will be playing a 170,000 euro grand piano at his concert in Veliko Tarnovo

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Richard Clayderman

A grand piano, worth 170,000 euro, will be delivered from Bucharest for the concert of the renowned piano player and composer Richard Clayderman. The show starts at 7.00 pm on March, 21st. It will be held at Veliko Tarnovo’s Sports and Culture Hall ‘Vasil Levski’. The construction of the stage will start from the previous day so that the precious musical instrument can be placed on a suitable platform.

Clayderman has personally chosen the grand piano for the concert. He says that he needs to feel the instrument he is going to play. It is insured due to its high value and will be transported in a specially equipped truck; the vehicle freight section will be insulated in order to maintain a room temperature, needed for the preservation of the grand piano, throughout the journey. Also a specialist, who is aware of the piano player style, is hired to tune the instrument after its arrival.

Richard Clayderman, his percussionist and a band of 9 people are arriving on March, 21st. The piano player has a distinctive style that renders his concerts unforgettable experience. This event is unprecedented in Veliko Tarnovo’s cultural life and will surely leave a trace in the hearts of those who will attend the concert. Tickets are in the 20 to 60 lv price range.