Travelling with Shakespeare, to the sites of his plays
It’s 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, the poet of love. 37 plays, from tragedy to comedy, set in every part of the world.
“Romeo and Juliet” – VERONA
Did you know that until the last century, the famous “Casa di Giulietta” was an inn? Today it is one of the most visited attractions in Italy, as well as that it act as a backdrop to the many staged scenes of the play every year. Verona is the favourite destination for people in love, a city which is ideal for spending a weekend. Start at the Arena and wind your way through the streets to the city centre.
Unmissable stops: Lamberti Tower (for panoramic views of the city), the Old Castle and Juliet’s Tomb, just a short walk from the historic center.
“Othello” – VENICE
Not only Othello but also the “Merchant of Venice”. Shakespeare’s love for Venice, and for the Italy in general, is consolidated. How can we blame him? The Basilica of San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal these are just some of the attractions on offer in this city, from among the most visited and loved by tourists from all over the world.
And for those who are staying more than a few days, do not miss: Punta della Dogana (an art museum in Venice’s old customs building), the Crypt of San Zaccaria, the Acqua Alta Library. You will not regret it!
“Hamlet” – DENMARK
The famous line “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” we remember everything. But do not be misled, because this country hides landscapes and attractions from all the tourists. It is not by chance it is among one of the European countries chosen annually by teenagers, adults and families.
What is there to see in Denmark? Surely the capital, Copenhagen; but also the small town of Skagen and the characteristic Ribe.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – ATHENS
Fairies, elves and lovers escapades. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is definitely one of the best known plays of the English playwright, with replicas, film remakes and freely inspired texts. We can not admire the palace of Theseus, the mythological place where a large part of the play takes place, but Athens is not a problem: after the Acropolis, take a visit to the headland Cape Sounion (from which you can enjoy a beautiful sunset view), the Plaka district, Monastiraki, Thisio and for nightlife lovers; Psiri and Gazi.
“Much Ado About Nothing” – MESSINA
The comedy of errors, the farce of dalliances. Much Ado About Nothing has Messina as a backdrop to the story of Prince Don Pedro of Aragon and the two lovers Claudio and Hero. The Sicilian city is a little jewel in the Mediterranean, rebuilt after several earthquakes struck. Did you know that the Bell Tower of the Cathedral of Messina has an astronomical clock, one of the largest and most complex in the world? A must-see! Best season to go: from May to June.
“Twelfth Night, or whatever you want” – CROATIA
This comedy takes place in Illyria, which currently corresponds to the Balkans, including Albania and Croatia. The environments are pure fantasy, but we like to imagine the stars of the play while they go through the streets of Shkodra or fall in love on a beach in Montenegro at sunset. Summer is coming. Why not give it a little thought?
Here is a map to discover the most famous locations. And to be inspired… maybe for a holiday weekend?