Want to know where Twelfth Night is set? Shakespeare set Twelfth Night in Illyria – the ancient name for the coast on the Adriatic Sea, which takes in parts of modern Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Albania, Croatia, and Montenegro. The period in which the play is set is not obvious. The play is based on a quite common story, popular in Shakespeare’s time, of two siblings separated and the misunderstandings that arise from that. However, it’s difficult to guage the importance of the setting of Twelfth Night to the story.
The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for Twelfth Night, and below the map is a text list of the locations. When you click a pin on the map it opens to show all of the settings used within the location, using Shakespeare actual wording. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, click the icons on the map for more information, or use the list of all map pins below Twelfth Night settings map: