The city has a strong resonance with ´╗┐Rome, the history of repeated attempts to align with the Hapsbergs and the Pope...

JUNE: Vilnius

The city has a strong resonance with Rome, the history of repeated attempts to align with the Hapsbergs and the Pope have given Vilnius an affinity for Italy in its architecture and certain usages. There is also a strong early Russian influence, more so than I have seen in some of the other Baltic cities. 

The city is quite small, easy to walk almost everywhere. The architecture is outstanding, majestic, which is a little surprising as it was only for a single generation a Kingdom...