The quaint provincial city of Tarusa on the River Oka is most famous for its connection with the poet Marina Tsvetaeva who cherished the time she spent in the city so much so that she wished to be buried there - a wish that was never fulfilled. In addition the author Konstantin Paustovsky also lived in the city, and there are now museums dedicated to both writers. The best way to visit Kaluga is by bus from nearby Serpukhov and it can be visited as a day trip from Moscow.
|Name in Russian||Таруса|
|Status||City and administrative centre of the Tarusa District of the Kaluga Region|
|Location||On the confluence of the River Tarusa and River Oka|
|Distance||30km south-west of Serpukhov; 70km north-east of Kaluga; 140km south of Moscow|
|Time Zone||Moscow Time|
|Population||9,441 people (2014)|
|City Day||Second Saturday of July|