Tula’s existence was first mentioned in 1146 making it officially one year older than Moscow. 500 years ago Tula was a fortress at the southern frontier of the Russian State and defended Moscow from the raids of pugnacious neighbours. The birthplace of the Russian metallurgy, Tula boasts skillful masters. They produced not only the best arms but also samovars known all over Russia and beyond its boundaries, and even managed to shoe a flee. Tula pryanik is the number one Russian sweet and the sounds of Tula chromatic squeezebox will not leave anyone unmoved as it once more confirms how rich in talents this region is.