Published in Sorbet Magazine (May 2014)
Best In Town
Although there is no evidence that William Shakespeare ever went there, his long-standing love affair with Italy has led some experts to suggest that he actually lived there for a while. Whatever the truth may be, there is no denying that the Bard’s plays are immersed in Italian culture and draped in the social fabric of the country, offering a unique guide to Italy.
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!”- Mark Antony in Julius Caesar
Of the 13 plays set in Italy, Shakespeare’s most intense political dramas, including Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and Coriolanus are placed against the backdrop of Rome’s daunting fortresses and menacing real-life conspiracies. Shakespeare’s classic Roman tragedies portrayed power, deceit and betrayal through strong Italian characters such as Marcus…
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