‘Ello! How for art thou? Something thine day is lovely. Tis! Tis!
I dunno. Ok. So it’s Talk Like Shakespeare Day!!!!
I didn’t even realize that was a thing until Will Power sent me an email letting me know of this fantastic celebration! Shakespeare is one of my favorite writers. From his sonnets to his characters, I love them all.
How better to celebrate Talk Like Shakespeare Day than to do it in one of the cities he uses as a setting for his plays!? Check out this post that Will Power wrote for me. (It’s unsponsored and totally selected by myself. Because I’m a nerd and stuff 😉 )
The curtain’s up for Talk Like Shakespeare Day on 23 April. Cue Holiday Lettings with a line-up of his plays’ dramatic settings from Elsinore to Verona. Why not visit one to mark the occasion?
Romeo and Juliet – Verona, Italy
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As you enter the courtyard of Juliet’s House and stare up at her balcony, you’ll feel transported into Shakespeare’s famous love story. To set the scene further, saunter a few streets away to Romeo’s forbidding home. Then visit San Francesco al Corso’s eerie monastery to see mark the end of this doomed romance at Juliet’s Grave.
As you get to know the city, you’ll soon fall for fair Verona’s many other charms. Take in the sights from the market in the Piazza delle Erbe to the impressive architecture of the Piazza Bra. When you’re tired, the lush Giardino Giusti garden’s the perfect place for a rest.
Hamlet – Helsingør, Denmark
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Famed as Hamlet’s Elsinore, Kronborg Castle in Helsingør sends a shiver down the spine. If you dare, follow in Hamlet’s footsteps from the windswept ramparts through the Queen’s Chamber to the grand ballroom. You might also catch a live production of the play in the courtyard. Do you sense the ghost yet?
When you’re all spooked out, stroll into Helsingør city and you’ll discover plenty more to entertain you. Check out the fascinating Danish Maritime Museum or stroll round the picturesque harbour. You could also drop by the Karmeliterklostret monastery and appreciate the tranquil cloisters.
Othello – Famagusta, Cyprus
Legend has it that Shakespeare’s tragedy was inspired by the life of Famagusta’s town governor Cristophore Moro, with Famagusta cast as the imposing Cypriot citadel that Othello defends. If you approach the harbour by water you’ll still be awed by the vast structure dubbed Othello’s Tower.
You can build up a strong picture of the city’s history with a wander around the ancient walls. You’ll also spy the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, which is well worth a visit. Animal lovers will enjoy a trip to the nearby Wild Donkey Protection Area, where you can feed the adorable creatures.
Macbeth – Glamis, Scotland
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It’s one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles, and was the childhood home of the Queen Mother. As you admire the turrets and battlements, you won’t be surprised to hear that it’s also the stronghold where the Macbeths plot to murder Duncan. Watch out for the castle’s secret chamber.
While you’re in the area, learn about local myths and traditions at the Angus Folk Museum. For a breath of fresh air with jaw-dropping views, you can’t beat a hike through the nearby Angus Glens. Alternatively, it’s only a few miles to the fascinating sculptured stones in Meigle.
Julius Caesar – Rome, Italy
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Step into the political web of Imperial Rome at the Largo di Torre Argentina square, where Brutus kills Caesar. Nearby you’ll find the magnificent ruins of the Roman Forum, where you can see the platform from which Mark Antony delivers his celebrated ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen’ eulogy.
Fans of all things ancient will also want to check out the nearby Colosseum and imagine all its gladiatorial contests. If you’re more interested in movies, take a stroll to see the Bocca della Verità (mouth of truth) sculpture featured in Roman Holiday. And don’t forget to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure a return trip to this beautiful city.