Where and when is Romeo and Juliet set?

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Romeo and Juliet takes place in the cities of Verona (where the families of the Montegues and Capultes live) and Mantua (where the sword fight takes place), Italy over the course of four days.

It is set in the "olden days" which generally is accepted as during the Renassaince era of the 14th or 15th centuries. However, since the setting is purposely vague, it is a classic tale of starcrossed lovers that has been redone in many eras including the 50's in West Side Story, and even the modern tale of High School Musical.

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This question has already been asked and answered here on eNotes.  Here are two links for you:  http://www.enotes.com/romeo-and-juliet/q-and-a/what-year-does-romeo-juliet-take-place-75863  and http://www.enotes.com/romeo-and-juliet/q-and-a/where-does-story-romeo-juliet-take-place-hows-does-187487

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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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In the beautiful city of Verona, Italy. Parts of the play were also set in Mantua, which is also in Italy! The play was set in Shakespeare's era; during the Renaissance (14th and 15th centuries). This time period is considered the 'olden, classical era' where the greatest art, literature and philosophical ideas were produced like Michelangelo and even the great bard (Shakespeare)! Wowza ;)

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