Did Shakespeare ever actually go to Italy? That is the question.
Whether he did or not, he certainly set some of his famous plays there and today many of these settings have become pilgrimage sites – even though the characters never actually existed! Or did they?
Verona is the setting for Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is considered to be Shakespeare’s first play, written about 1590. The play is a comedy and is all about love and friendship, with misunderstandings, girls dressing as boys and a dog called Crab – always a brave move putting an animal onstage!
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