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History. Peacefulness. Picturesque. In one word, Racova. The small town of Bacau can be very easily reached, passing quickly from the city air to the patriarchal commune air, from the most important places of the region – Bacau and Piatra Neamt.


Thus, you can have very quick access from both of them by car, but also by train. In the first case, the road takes tens of minutes on DN 15, on which you should turn right if coming from Bacau and left if coming from Piatra Neamt, and then there are about five kilometres left on County Road 159. Not always the best road.


By train – slow one, it is important to retain – it takes almost half an hour from Bacau and an hour from Piatra Neamt.


Perhaps it is not the most comfortable way possible, but once there, everything seems quiet and pleasant. The most important objective of the village, right in the village with the same name, is Ion Borcea memorial house, the scientist who founded the oceanography in Romania. His former home is a house built in the early nineteenth century. What is so impressive about it is the size – large, for a house destined for living, but also the Transylvanian style in the heart of Moldavia in which it was built by monks who came from across the mountains.


Two buildings located nearby, the Church and the Town Hall, are also historic objectives, being built in the nineteenth century.


Waling by on a rather difficult way, to another nearby town, Runc, you get close to other objectives that combine nature and history. Thus, the beech reservation of Runc is to be seen, for several reasons. The first one: the fact that it is a secular forest spreading on 60 hectares; some of trees are even 150 years old. The second one: in order to see an unusual phenomenon – two beeches, from totally different species, growing in the same stem.


Finally, the last objective which should be seen is Runc Monastery, located a few kilometres from the village with the same name. Unfortunately it is not so easily accessible and the only way is a forest road, not very practicable if you are unlucky to go there on a rainy or frosty weather.


However, the monastery is worth to be seen, especially if you’re interested in history and culture. Built by the ruler of Moldavia, Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Grate), in the 15th Century and rebuilt in 1850, the monastery impresses by its high towers as a fortress.


In short, a visit to Racova is worth making, if culture interests you, if you like nature or simply if you need some peace and picturesque landscapes.

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