The Communist Daytrip around Tirana
This is a great way to learn more about recent and actual history of Tirana. The tour will bring you to fascist and communist public and secret corners of Tirana, to the recently opened Bunk'Art and to some corners of the city center of Tirana that you would not think of visiting on your own. This is a tour of locals, made and guided by locals and will make you feel and understand the tragic and comic side of life in one of the most isolated capitals in the World during approximately 44 years. Life's been hard and sweet under Communism and we'll have great ways to illustrate all that by always telling the truth. Apart from history and art we will also make sure you taste a bit of the local cuisine and products for which Tirana is building up quite a reputation. Our good thing is that we try to involve and get into conversation with locals regarding the past and the present Albania and you will see that this will be enriching your travel experience quite importantly.
We'll meet at your hotel at 09h30 and we' first go for a walk of about 3 hours around the city center of Tirana. Our visits will include the Gallery of Arts, the Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard, the Block and Enver Hoxha's villa (from the outside for the moment), bunkers and art relating to Albania's worst historical periods during the 20th century.
We'll eventually continue the tour with a visit of our Villa with Star and our Communist Memorabilia Collection. We'll be good at offering our very own home made raki and some of the jam our Moms prepared recently as from our best tradition.
At around 13h we'll take a little lunch break in either your favorite or interesting part of the downtown or in the one or two places we'll recommend. Please note we'll be trying to consider this as a culinary experience tour too and if you will allow us to choose for you we'll make sure not to bring you to expensive places but to memorable ones.
After the lunch we'll pick up a car (depending on the size of the group) and we'll go around Tirana surroundings and neighborhoods to see what remains from Communist architecture, lifestyle and again meet more people and see their opinions about what happened.
We'll drive you back to your hotel at around 16h.