Two days in Durres (Albania)

                                          Hello everyone!

We left ourselves in Verona, remember?

Fortunately our journey is not finished yet. It’ just started.

Following our amazing Verona trip we managed to fly from Orio al Serio Airport, in Bergamo (by the way a very nice town, with its famous “Città Alta”, Upper Town, as you can see in the pic below) to Tirana. Then we took a bus direct to Durres where we had planned our staying (we will for sure visit Tirana next time).

If you haven’t considered Albania yet for your holidays or trips, you’re highly mistaken my friend! The country has a very good climate, with awesome beaches, an enjoyable food (believe me) and people are so kind and nice to everyone. In addition it is so convenient for foreigners because of it’s so low cost.

Durres is known for being the second most popolous city in Albania, behind the capital. 

What to visit:

The Durres Amphitheatre – built in the second century AD, it’s the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans. It was destroyed by earthquakes twice, but it has been remodernized during the years. It is considered UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you may know the areas nearby the Amphitheatre are full of street art paints.

Then we procedeed to visit the main place in Durres, Bulevardi Epidamni, where, as you can in the picture below, the Great Mosque is located. This area, Sheshi Liria Square has been modernized in recent times and it looks like an exposition. (you have probably seen our video on instagram about it).

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For art lovers i would suggest you to visit the famous Archaeological Museum that offers a blueprint of the history of the city (wide due to Greek, Byzantine, Ottoman, Venetian and Bulgarian dominions).

Durres Castle is the fortified old city of Durres, known for his Venetian tower that has become a symbol of Durres.

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Second day meant for us total relaxing at the beach (more than 6 km long) and walkin near the port side with its particular bridge. The pier was awesome with countless of open bars, restaurants and fast food offering a wide choice.

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The best part of these days was the discover of one of the best street foods i have ever eaten: sufllaqe. It’s a sandwich/roll containing meat, tomatoes, onions, salc kosi (a delicious yogurt sauce) and even french fries with ketchup.

Other very good things to eat: byrek, qofte, bakllava, kadaif.

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Durres was a very good experience. I had never been in Albania before and now i can say that there are amazing things to see and for me it has definitely become a must-go destination.

Thank you for your interest in our amazing journey. Next flight is direct to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Stay tuned for more and don’t forget to like and share!

 

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A day in Verona: what to visit?

                                             Hey guys,

Here our last city destination in Italy: Verona. After leaving Florence we decided that we had enough time before our flight (that leaves from Orio al Serio Airport in Bergamo) so our train stopped for an afternoon in this amazing place.

Following our arrival in town, we walk from the station for a few minutes and soon we were able to notice the well-known “Porta Nuova” a monumental building created by Michele Sanmicheli, that it is located just before the city center.

Then we walked for a km in Corso Porta Nuova, an avenue full of shops, markets and restaurants that culminates in two roman arches that preceed the renowned Piazza Bra (Bra Square).

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This plaza/ square is famous for the “Arena di Verona”, but also for the huge space it has, with a lot of good restaurants and even minimarkets.

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There it was our occasion for taking good pictures and above all entering this special theatre (The cost was around 10 euros each person).It was built in the first century and It sure represents the best trademark of Verona. This amphitheatre is still in use today and is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there.

Then it was time for shopping when we entered Via Mazzini (Mazzini Street), a particular avenue that links the two main squares of Verona and hosts all the best shops, restaurants and locations of the city center.

Through this street we finally reached the most ancient Plaza of the town, Piazza delle Erbe. It was once the town’s forum during the Roman Empire time. Its highlights are probably the north part with the town hall named Torre dei Lamberti, followed by Palazzo Maffei (in Baroque style) and in the middle with the Square Fountain surmounted by a statue called Madonna Verona, which is a Roman sculpture dating to 380 AD.

Next we were able to see “Casa di Giulietta” (Juliet House), inspired by the romantic tragedy of Shakespeare “Romeo e Giulietta (Romeo & Juliet). Noone would believe me if i told you how many tourists were there taking pictures at its famous balcony.

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Another fantastic thing we wanted to see was the renowned Ponte Pietra (Stone Bridge), a special roman arch bridge crossing the Adige river. It is known as the oldest bridge in Verona. Even if most parts were destroyed by German troops during the World War II, it was rebuilt efficiently in 1957.

Being amazed by it, we could not miss the Castelvecchio Bridge, it was built by Cangrande II della Scala as a defence for his Castelvecchio Castle. It was ruined during wars, but always reconstructed.

Visit Verona has always been a dream for us and the city made a positive impact on our journey. If you have the opportunity to go there, do not miss it. It’s such a beauty.

Because we had so little time to spent here in Italy, we decided three best locations to visit and we were happy to sightsee Venice, Florence and Verona. Next time we won’t miss Rome and Milan.

Thank you all for you attention, next destination is in Albania, for a few days, we are going to enjoy Durres. Then we’re gonna fly to Berlin and some locations in UK are in our plans.

Stay tuned for more and and follow our amazing journey!

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