The Achilleion palace is famous mainly because it was the dwelling of the Princess Sissi and is situated ten kilometers to the south of the city, in a village called Gastouri. The history of this palace is mostly tied to three important persons: Elizabeth (Sissi) the Queen of Austrian-Hungarian empire, Guglielmo II Emperor of Germany and Baron Von Richthofen.
Inside the Paleopoli, in the middle of the gardens, there is the Mon Repos palace which was built in 1924 by High Commissioner Frederick Adam and became later property of the Greek royal family. Today it is a Museum that collects the various archaeological findings of this area like Byzantine relics or furnishings and garments of the British hegemony age.
- Bicycle Routes in Konavle
- Hiking and Walking Trail in Konavle
- Through the vineyards by wine train
Established in 1951, the Archaeological Museum of Durrës is the largest archaeological museum in the country. The museum is located near the beach and north of the museum are the 6th-century Byzantine walls, constructed after the Visigoth invasion of 481. The 1997 rebellion in Albania saw the museum seriously damaged and looted. Recently renovated, the museum now houses several collections from different historical periods ranging from the Ancient Illyrian, the Roman, Byzantine to the Ottoman eras.
The Krujë neighbourhood is a step back in time, as its entire commercial district, belonging to 18th and 19th-century, has been carefully preserved and continues to thrive.
The market extends all the way from the gates of the castle to the centre of Krujë and is made up of a single cobblestone street along which all sorts of sellers tout their wares from wooden stalls. As you stroll through the bazaar you’ll also even get to see artisans crafting items in their workshops. For a keepsake you could pick up hand-carved wooden ornaments, a bottle of locally distilled raki or hand-woven textiles.
Trabocchi are a wooden structure placed on the sea and originally used as a fishing machine in abruzzo.
Today this structure it’s not just used for fishing but has become a place where to experience extremely fresh fish and sea products in a both fancy and romantic location.
Tourists can enjoy and taste local food fished and cooked a few hours or minutes before, right above the structure.
There are a lot in the region but the closest to Ortona is Trabocco Mucchiola, nominated and prized by the gambero rosso guide.
80 km away from Ortona, it is possible to find the Majella National Park. “La Montagna della Majella” (called Padre dei Monti - Mountains' Father) is a high, imposing, wild mountain group which is part of the world heritage of National Parks. This Park is unique for several factors, such as its geographical position, harshness, extension, and climatic changes. It also includes widelands with peculiar wilderness features, the most precious and rare part of the biodiversity national heritage, important not only at a European, but also at a world level. The park offers numerous attractions like paths, cycle-tracks, routes for riding, frosty roads, historical and artistic places. Additionally tourists can have the opportunity to enjoy the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of the Majella’s villages.
The museum is a little museum placed into the Torrevecchia neighbourhood totally about music and instruments.
It’s divided in 3 sections: The first one about famous local musicians, the second about musical instruments, and the last one, an iconographic section.
Being one of the few italian museums about music, it is a valuable quick and free visit enjoyable by both music experts and lovers and not as keen on the music world.