City of wine and love, as it is being called in recent years, is very much appealing to those who are tired of rush and hustle, and like everything lovely, cute and small. Walking through Sighnaghi, you might feel like in Italy – the architecture is pretty similar to small Italian towns. Romantic cobbled streets, carved balconies, 24/7 marriage registration… What is there in this town for those who don’t want to get married right now?
1. Walk around the city walls
Sighnaghi is famous for its long city walls: there are well preserved 4.5 kilometer of stone walls – which stretch along small mountain ridges. There are two entrances to the wall, so you can stroll along it and admire the Alazani Valley.
2. Visit the Museum of Sighnaghi
Learn more about the history of the city, the region, and look at the rare works by Niko Pirosmani and Lado Gudiashvili.
3. Rise to the church of St. Stephen
The peculiarity of the church is that it was built inside the tower, and the bell tower was built next to it. The bell tower offers a beautiful view of the city.
4. Explore the wineries
Do not forget that Kakheti is a land of wine. Take a look at wine shops and cellars, tasting famous Georgian wines: Rkatsiteli, Tsinandali, Saperavi. Ask the owners about the way their wine is produced – they will gladly share with you this precious experience!
5. Visit Bodbe monastery
Located two kilometers far from the Sighnaghi, this beautiful monastery is one of the most important places for Georgians, because St. Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia, is buried there. Her grave can be visited – people say that the saint helps fulfill your cherished wishes.
Strolling through the magnificent monastery garden makes you feel calmed down and relaxed… You can also go down to the holy spring of St. Nino, and plunge into healing cold water.
6. Ride a quadracycle
Quadracycle or quad bike is a great thing to quickly explore the city and surroundings, so that you can dive into above mentioned wine cellars earlier. Rent a quad bike at the central square named after King Erekle II, and have a fantastic ride!