At school, I grew up reading the words and works of Shakespeare, never really paying attention. Always staring out the window, making up little stories in my head, I neglected to escape into the pages that lay before me. Not that it makes up for those lost hours, but today I’ve put together some of my favourite Shakespeare travel quotes.
After all, one of the greatest playwrights in the English language must have some good advice when it comes to escapism, right? Plus, the majority of Shakespeare’s plays are set abroad, meaning that every play ventures far from the lands Shakespeare would have been used to. In the past few decades, there has been much scholarly debate as to whether the playwright ever visited Italy. A fair few number of his plays are set there and yet there is limited evidence as to whether he actually went. Maybe we’ll never know, but that doesn’t mean we can’t venture into Shakespeare’s works and his world…
Shakespeare’s world is one of exploration and new adventures. From the impossible meetings with fairies in Twelfth Night to his musings on Padua in Italy, delving into the Shakespearean world is travel through space, time and into a new space. What makes this world all the more fantastical is that Shakespeare had a pretty shaky grasp on geography. He places Padua in the Lombardy (it’s actually in the Veneto region, near Venice). Ha, I never thought I’d have anything in common with William Shakespeare!