Want to know where The Winters’ Tale is set? The setting of Shakespeare’s The Winters’ Tale is unusual in that the action is divided in two with sixteen years between them. This occurs in a mythical time: all we know is that the first half takes place at the Sicilian court of King Leontes during a cold winter. In the second half the setting has now become the Bohemian countryside in midsummer. The theme of cold court life versus the simple warm pastoral life are obvious in the settings. The death and social disruption of the first half give way to regeneration and forgiveness in the second.
The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for The Winters’ Tale , 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 the The Winters’ Tale settings map: