As quirky travel experiences go, a drink at the bar at the Torra Veneciane (the Venetian Tower) stands out. Guests enjoy drinks and snacks under umbrellas atop one of the city’s most distinctive historic landmarks—a 15th-century fortification erected when the city was controlled by Venice. It’s the place to sample raki, the hearty brandy popular in many Balkan lands, and often made in Albania from grapes or apricots.

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