Want to know where Twelfth Night is set? Read on for all the details, and see Twelfth Night settings on the map below.
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 gauge the importance of the setting of Twelfth Night to the story.
The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for Twelfth Night. 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. Text in quotation marks are the specific locations Shakespeare references in his Twelfth Night text.