"In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace - and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." - Orson Welles
Many of Shakespeare's 38 plays are set in Italy. Romeo and Juliet is set in the city of Verona. Julius Caesar takes place in Rome. Othello and the Merchant of Venice are set in Venice while Much Ado About Nothing is based in the Sicilian city of Messina.