Built on a swamp, the imperial capital is today a dazzling metropolis whose sheer grandeur never fails to amaze. Despite all that history has thrown at it, St Petersburg still feels every bit an imperial capital, a city largely frozen in time.? 342 canal and river bridges, 120 rooms of art treasures at the Hermitage, 45 bars, pubs and clubs reviewed, 28 palaces and castles, four new galleries and arts spaces? Comprehensive map section? Feature coverage of top sights? Range of planning tools? In-depth background on St Petersburg's art and music history Coverage includes: Planning chapters, Historic Heart, Smolny & Vosstaniya, Sennaya & Kolomna, Vasilyevsky Island, Petrograd & Vyborg Sides, Understand & Survive chapters.