One of the best things about traveling is the chance to see places you have only heard and read about from books. While literature lovers can be an imaginative bunch, there is nothing quite like seeing some of the places that have literary significance. Here are some of the many literary places for the bucket list.
Casa di Giulietta
Location: Verona Italy
Why go: Juliet’s House is home to a museum and the stone balcony believed to have been the inspiration behind the Romeo and Juliet balcony scene.
Charles Dickens Museum
Location: London, England
Why go: A museum that houses over 100,000 collections. Guests can explore the many exhibitions and events held in the former home of the famous author.
Cimetière du Père Lachaise
Location: Paris, France
Why go: One of the most popular and most visited cemeteries in the world. Home to numerous luminaries including Oscar Wilde whose tomb is one of the top attractions in the vast cemetery.
Why go: The city of Dublin is a treasure trove of literary attractions. Some of the most notable places to visit include the Book of Kells, Dublin Writers Museum, the James Joyce Centre, Oscar Wilde’s childhood home, and the Old Library at Trinity College among many others. A literary visit to this city is not complete without doing a pub crawl.
Hay Castle Bookshop
Why go: Located in a quaint town that hosts the annual Hay Festival. It is home to the Hay Castle Bookshop and more than twenty others located across this picturesque place.
Location: Key West, Florida
Why go: Ernest Hemingway’s home in Key West. Visit and explore the house and the gardens across the grounds. Cat lovers will be happy to note that it is also home to 40-50 polydactyl cats.
Mark Twain House & Museum
Location: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Why go: The house where the famous author once lived and worked. The building itself is a beauty that sits in the midst of picturesque surroundings. Visitors can take a look at the house’s lovely interiors as well as the wide array of collections and exhibits available.
Livraria Lello & Irmão Bookstore
Location: Porto, Portugal
Why go: Livraria Lello & Irmão is one of the most stunning bookstores in the world.Its beautiful facade and interiors are just among its top attractions. Other points of interest include the impressive stairway, stained glass ceiling, and lovely wooden walls.
Shakespeare & Company
Location: Paris, France
Why go: Bookstore and cafe that draws locals and tourists alike. Literature lovers can have their pick of English-language books and enjoy a relaxing read while sipping a cup of coffee or tea at the cafe.
Hobbiton™ Movie Set
Location: Matamata, New Zealand
Why go: Visit to see the Hobbit Hole of Bilbo Baggins, the Green Dragon™ Inn, the Shire’s Rest™ Cafe, and other Middle Earth™ attractions.