Tirana is a city defined not by its history, but by how it has grown from it. The brightly colored and brilliantly designed facades of the once-gloomy communist structures are a reflection of the city’s modern vitality and optimism – the legacy of former mayor and artist, Edi Rama. Fly to Tirana aboard one of Alitalia’s comfortable contemporary jetliners and sample the positive energy of Albania’s capital city for yourself.
THEN AND NOW
The buildings in Tirana provide a glimpse into the city’s storied past. The Et’hem Bey Mosque is an excellent example of architecture dating back to the Ottoman occupation, filled with beautiful frescoes and Islamic art. Dëshmorët e Kombit Boulevard is the best place to view the city’s Italian and communist influences. Visit the Ish-Blloku neighborhood. Commonly known as Blloku, the former residential hub for senior communist officials is now the most modern district in the city, booming with trendy boutiques and cafés. It is also the best place to enjoy Tirana’s rapidly-growing nightlife scene.
The best way to fully experience the joy that Tirana can bring is to wander its bohemian neighborhoods and absorb the hopefulness that the city exudes. Book your tickets to Tirana for June or September for balmy, comfortable weather during your visit.