The small town of Plyos is located near Ivanovo, on the right bank of the Volga river. It became popular in the 19th century when the famous Russian painter Isaak Levitan fell in love with its hilly terrain, provincial charm, and scenic views on the Volga.
Plyos featured in many of Levitan’s works thus attracting the attention of other artists, composers, and writers, as well as other respectable people who began to buy mansions in the town. Since then, Plyos has become a popular resort and a tourist attraction. Nowadays, it is also visited by many big names including former Prime Minister Medvedev and President Putin.
Once in Plyos, make sure you visit the Levitan House Museum, climb the Resurrection Hill for a birds-eye view of the town, walk around the old Market Square with its Trading Arcades, and see the charming House with a Mezzanine with carved window cases — the former estate of the merchant Solodovnikov.