Durres, Albania’s second largest city grew around an excellent natural harbor on the Adriatic across from important southern Italian ports. Founded around 600 BC by Illyrians, the harbor was coveted and fought over since its discovery. It has reportedly changed hands over 33 times in the last 900 years. The Roman Empire conquered Durres in the 2nd century BC, and the city became the beginning of one of the most important Roman roads, the Via Egnatia to Constantinople. Visit the largest Roman amphitheater in the Balkans; the Archeological Museum, bursting with over 2,000 years worth of treasure from the region around the city; and the Roman baths, dating from the time of Emperor Hadrian.
PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013