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“A piece of ancient Greece in Albania”
Review of Apollonia

Apollonia
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US$101.04*
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Ardencia and Apollonia Day Trip from Tirana
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Fier
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

You can plunge into the world of ancient Greece, touch the stones that Aristotle heard. Good museum and view from the highest point (near the restaurant).
It is convenient to climb the path that is to the left of the amphitheater, if you are standing in front of it.
Ticket 400 lek


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Reviewed 13 July 2017

If you're a fan of ancient Rome then the place to visit while in Albania is Apollonia, just outside of Fier. Perched atop a large hill with spectacular views all around, the excavated ruins only hint at what once was an incredible place. There are informative plaques at most of the sites though a good map is necessary to find your way around (take a photo of the large posted map when you arrive). The highlight was definitely the grand memorial area where the small theatre is located.

There is no charge to visit the site and there are two restaurants where you can get a drink or a bit to eat. However, getting here is a little unpleasant. While only a few kilometres from Fier, the roads are truly dreadful and you have to drive slowly and with extreme care to ensure you don;t damage your vehicle.

1  Thank John B
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

Apollonia, dedicated to the god Apollo, stands out among ancient Roman ruins as a tranquil center of learning and religion. From the buildings and their arrangement, you get a sense of studied calm. In the small Odeon (theatre) you can easily imagine toga-clad Octavian (Julius Caesar's adopted son), studying under Athenodorus of Tarsus. Cicero called Apollonia a “great and important city.” The adjoining chapel and Stoa create a sense of gentility. Its interpretive signs (in English) provide colorized photos of what the buildings and streets probably looked like. The nearby hills look suspiciously like a far larger city existed here than the visible remnants show. Consider it a real treat to visit this marvelous place of learning in the ancient world. Be sure to visit the museum. It contains some spectacular items. My personal favorite-the shield, restored from thousands of pieces, with a center looking like a Maori scary war face,

1  Thank culturevulture94
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

Very interesting ancient site near albanian town of Fier, not so easy to find. Not good organized, but as the new highway, just on construction, is passing by, hope that will be better in the future. In any case - recommended.

1  Thank nevenjerkovic
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

This was a very important city in the Ancient world, and I really got to geek out standing in the city where Augustus attended school and learned of Caesar's assassination. The site itself is not so developed, but the town hall and main forum area is still very impressive and gives you a sense of the town center. The museum badly needs to be reviewed by cultural experts however. I saw two very nice recently redone museums in Albania that provided a very well-organized snapshot (in both English and Albanian) of information about the evolution of a site throughout the many different civilizations that have operated in Albania: the one at Butrint and the one at Gjirokaster Castle. Whoever managed those museums needs to be given a higher position of authority in the ministry of culture to manage these sites. I hope that Apollonia is next after Butrint to be redeveloped, as the site is in some ways historically more significant.

I hope to come back some day and see this site reach the level of excavation and interpretation as a place like Ephesus, which it has every reason to be, but it will probably take some time in Albania.

A word of warning, though: the road from Fier to the site is really, really terrible, so this site is much harder to get to without a good car, compared to Butrint. Google Maps also ended up taking us down some alley in Fier that it thought was a shortcut, and it would be too kind to describe this pile of rocks as even an alley. Please, Albania, work on this road!

But on the whole this is a really fascinating and beautiful way to spend a day, with important and interesting ruins and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Highly recommended as a stop if you are anywhere near it on holiday in Albania.

Thank cameronspain
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