Want to know where The Merchant Of Venice is set? Well, no prizes for guessing Venice!  But read on for all the details, and to see where each scene in  The Merchant of Venice is located.

Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice is set in renaissance Venice, with a few scenes in a fictional Italian town called Belmont. The setting is important – Venice was one of the wealthiest towns in Europe, as it was right on the sea, with excellent shipping facilities for trading with the east.

There was a big Jewish population, and a ghetto, where they lived. They were hated by the Christian community although its members went to the Jewish money lenders when they needed to – as occurs in this play. The play is partly about the relationship between Jews and Christians who have to live side by side in a very small space. The story springs from that clash in Venice.

The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for The Merchant of Venice. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, and click the icons on the map for more information.

Planning in following in Shakespeare’s footsteps with a trip to Venice?

We’ve pulled together some of the very best Venice resources from travel writers and bloggers to help you get the most out of your trip:

9 must-have experiences courtesy of Globe Trekkers.

Mamma Prada share 7 unusual things to see and do in Venice.

Erika’s Travels describe how to explore the Venice lagoon area.

Shopping for Venice Carnival costumes, courtesy of Nylon Living.

Know of any great Venice travel resources? Please let us know in the comments section below!

Al Pacino as Shylock with white beard and black hat in The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Al Pacino as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (2004)

  • The Merchant Of Venice Setting 1 josh says:

    When is it set?

  • The Merchant Of Venice Setting 2 James Flounder says:

    THIS DOES NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT WHEN IT WAS SET. NOT HELPFUL.