Shakespeare Week: Top Destinations Within His Plays

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It’s #ShakespeareWeek! In celebration, we’ve selected the very best destinations that feature in the famous plays. Take a peek at our list and explore somewhere new (and highly cultural!) on your next break…

‘Antony & Cleopatra’ – Rome

“The April’s in her eyes: it is love’s Spring,
And these the showers to bring it on..”

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Despite it being the setting for plenty of drama and tension throughout ‘Antony & Cleopatra’, Rome is most certainly a must-visit destination nowadays! Top visitor sites include The Colosseum, the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain.

‘Hamlet’ – Denmark

“To be, or not to be: that is the question.”

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Arguably Shakespeare’s most popular (and best!) play, Hamlet is jam-packed with dramatic soliloquies and heart-wrenching scenes. Explore the calmer side to Denmark at your leisure (no paternal ghosts, promise) and enjoy the best of what Scandinavia has to offer.

‘Macbeth’ – Scotland

“Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!”

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Make like the Three Witches from Macbeth and visit the moody highlands of Scotland. In between all of your plotting and cackling, be sure to make a trip to Inverness Castle, where most of the action from ‘The Scottish Play’ took place.

‘Othello’ – Venice

“For she had eyes and chose me.”

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It seems a little odd that such a romantically charged location is the setting for a play filled with raging anger, hatred, jealousy and (spoiler alert) death… but so it is! Give your friends a case of the ‘green eyed monster’ and visit this beautiful part of the world – via gondola!

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – Athens

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

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You can see why the mystical, ethereal city of Athens was the setting for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – it’s visually stunning and the rich greenery surrounding the main landmarks adds to its appeal. Check out the Acropolis & Parthenon for a taste of authentic Greece.

‘Twelfth Night’ – Croatia

“Journeys end in lovers meeting.”

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Illyria, the region in which ‘Twelfth Night’ is set, may be long-gone, but the modern-day equivalents include Albania, Slovenia and Croatia. Explore this dreamy land at your leisure and be sure to visit Dubrovnik during your travels – you won’t regret it!

‘Romeo & Juliet’ – Verona

“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”

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Reenact the classic lines of these star-crossed lovers on a romantic trip to Verona. As well as professing your undying love at Casa di Giulietta, we recommend checking out Piazza Bra and Piazzale Castel San Pietro.

Have you visited any of the sites that feature in Shakespeare’s plays? Let us know by commenting below!