Dedicate the first day to the itinerary of the tour “Odesa in One Day.”
The best starting point for the second day in Odesa is the Opera House. Walk along Ekaterinska Street until you reach the namesake square, in the middle of which the monument to Russian Empress, Catherine II stands. Then head towards Sabaneev Most Street. Have a look at the Palace of Tolstoy Family, commonly known as the House of Scientists, one of the most striking architectural sights of Odesa. It’s famous that despite advanced age and difficult history, it could keep almost all of its interiors in their original form.
Next, take Gogolya Street where two outstanding edifices are located. The first one is the House of Atlants, included in the Top-4 of the most beautiful building in the city. Its asymmetric edifice is easily recognizable owing to two figures of Atlants holding Heavens of their backs. You should inevitably drop by in its patio where the view over the sea and historical part of Odesa can be enjoyed. There is another architectural masterpiece of the Southern Palmyra, the Sash Palace, located several minutes away. It is built in uncharacteristic for Odesa Gothic Revival style, and bears a striking resemblance to a medieval English castle.
Then return back to the intersection with Nekrasova Alley. Take it and walk until you reach Preobrazhenska Street. Walk along it towards Deribasovskaya Street and you face historic and architectural complex “Passage”, which eclectic edifice is reckoned to be one of the finest and well-known in Odesa due to intricate combination of baroque, modern and classical styles. Don’t miss the opportunity to come and see the “Passage” atrium flanked with shops, and admire its luxurious decoration of chic stucco work and numerous sculptures.
Continue walking along Preobrazhenska Street until Soborna Square, in the middle of which the largest and the most important religious edifice stands, The Cathedral of the Savior’s Transfiguration. It is a real architectural masterpiece that, with its beauty and splendid decorations, stands as one of the most admirable European basilicas.
From Soborna Square, turn to Bunina Street, pass by several blocks, and reach the building of Odesa Philharmonic, former New Exchange. Admire this monumental edifice with enormous arched, stained-glass windows decorated with twisted columns and intricate ornaments. If you have enough time, it is worth to come and see marvelous interior of this age-old building. The best way to do it is to buy a ticket for regularly held concerts in Odesa Philharmonic that is considered to be one of the best concert halls in the country.
If you visit Odesa in summer, you can enjoy the rest of the day on one of the city’s beaches, ideal for varied rest and health improvement.