If you are a lover of classic novels, stories and tales and have always dreamt of being amongst the destinations that have helped to make each book noted throughout the literacy world, why not make your way to them on your next trip? With so many beautiful sights to explore and discover, you will find yourself taking a step into a unique and unforgettable experience of a lifetime.
Edinburgh – Scotland
With more than 500 novels inspired by the surroundings of Edinburgh including authors Robert Burns of the 18th-century and more modern authors like Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith, this is a must-visit. Spend time at the Writers’ Museum, join in on two different pub crawls or take a walking tour through some of the more specific spots mentioned in literature.
London – England
Take advantage of one of the hundred or so weekly offers of the London Walks’ lively jaunts including Shakespeare’s and Dickens’ London and the Literary London Pub Walk. There are even opportunities for Sherlock Holmes fans to walk in the footsteps of sleuth’s or stop by Dukes Bar where the drinks helped to inspire Ian Fleming’s works.
Paris – France
Make your way to Oscar Wilde’s tomb in Pere-Lachaise Cemetery or attempt to create a Hemingway-esque work of your own at a sidewalk table at Les Deux magots, a St. Germain Café where he frequently visited. Better yet, explore the history and works of Victor Hugo and Honore de Balzac at the many house-museums.
St. Petersburg – Russia
Although offering a much darker side of literary destinations, St. Petersburg draws in millions of travelers each year hoping to retrace the route of Crime and Punishment’s murderous content or a visit to the residence of the author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who spent his final years writing The Brothers Karamozov. Another option is to visit the Alensandr Pushkin Memorial Apartment Museum where the 37-year-old author died while working in his study.
Verona – Italy
Possibly the most frequently visited literary destinations throughout the entire world, Verona is home to the setting of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Head to Juliet’s balcony, write her a letter to stick into the walls of the building or pay respects to Juliet’s ‘tomb’ in the vaults of the monastery of San Francesco al Corso. Once exploring the literary side of Verona, take advantage of being amongst some of the most beautiful vineyards and landscapes throughout this part of the world.
As St. Augustine said, ” The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.” It’s time to explore the world through literary destinations! Which literary sites would you like to visit? Let us know in the comments below, even if your favorite author or location isn’t listed above. Let us help you write our next travel adventure, contact us today!