Just a few days in Albania, you will get a sense of our 50 – year – old communist legacy. Let’s explore together the soil in which Albanian roots are planted. This tour is frighteningly exiting, historical, realistically subtle in a way that life today can’t capture.
We start our journey of the past at the Bunk’ Art Museum with a full – immersion of the Albanian history of the last 100 years. The ex – nuclear bunker, build to accommodate Communist Dictator Hoxha in the event of attack, tells us the story of the dictator’s time through photographs, items and documents.
After we step out of Bunk’ Art, we head for “kernacka” ( meat balls ), yogurt sauce and beer - typical Tirana’s street food.
Enter in the National Gallery of Arts for many socialist realist art. Powerful images give a sense of how “realistic” art was used to create propaganda. Behold the pyramid, the former “Enver Hoxha Museum”. Its once – white marble walls are now crumbling and full of graffiti. Discover its history from our local Tour Director.
Coffee break at Komunist – kafe Museum for some blackberry Raki, communist candy and maybe some coffee also.
Have a relaxed walk on the main boulevard of Tirana and get to know the history behind each building. Try to guess in which era were they built. Afterwards, through the Blloku area, we discover the home of Enver Hoxha and other senior members of his regime. We will stop at the Post Blloku memorial, which honors former political prisoners, in an area once forbidden to enter.
We visit the Museum of Surveillance, the HQ of the “Sigurimi” secret police and the heart of the regime’s phone – tapping network. The “House of Leaves” ( as Known by locals ) hid many stories, being used as the gestapo HQ ( 1943 – 1944 ) and “investigation and torture house” by Albanian secret police afterwards.
Step on top of the low pyramid for a 360° view of Tirana's history, from its foundation as a city to its more recent and modern one. Test your knowledge in creating the capital's story line with your local guide.