L’Espresso: Tirana, the symbol of the new Albania

L’Espresso: Tirana, the symbol of the new Albania

[… Modern bars, art galleries, cultural centers. The look of Albanian cities has changed.  And aims to become a hub of the new Europe. Being led by entrepreneurs, many of them former boys of the “boat generation”: those who fled to Italy with ships in 1991.

It was in 1991 when Albanians sitting at the docks were screaming “Italy, Italy, you are the world!”. …]

This is how the journalist Di Alessandro Gandolfi commences its reportage about the modern Albania, published at the well known Italian newspaper L’Espresso, on March 2nd, 2015.  The article describes Tirana as a modern city full of life, culture, youth and new trends.

Trying to make a comparison of what Albania used to be before the90’s, the journalist displays the contrast of the radical change and transformation Albania has gone through. The Block neighborhood, which at that time used to be the center of the communism elita, now has transformed into the most attractive part of the city, full of modern bars, restaurants, nighlife clubs and high fashion stores.

“In the era of communism, Albania was the North Korea of Europe: a paranoid and isolated country from which so many wanted to escape.”

But what can describe better an article than photos! The article contains wonderful photos captured in different places and parts of Tirana, a real proof of the development stage of Albania’s capital.

To read the full article, click here: L’Espresso


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