As well as great loves, scandals and tragedies, the cities that set the scene in literature often tell their own story. They also make amazing starting points for the holiday of a lifetime. From the romance of St. Petersburg to the magic of Uttar Pradesh, here are our best cities in the world…

Italy_Florence_City_Break

Florence: A Room with a View

Considered the 'Cradle of the Renaissance' for it's cultural heritage as well as it's beautiful art and architecture, it's little wonder why Forster chose Florence to set this complicated romance.

Gaborone, Botswana: The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

A story of mystery and discovery, the protagonist Mma Ramotswe gives an insight into Gaborone; it's culture, traditions, natural beauty and the inhabitants' pride in their land.

palace_of_wind_jaipur

Uttar Pradesh: The Heart of India

One of India's holiest cities, Uttar Pradesh is authentically portrayed by Mark Tully through the rural life of the small villages, and creates a very realistic portrayal of its culture, language, customs and rituals.

evening_church_st_petersburg

St. Petersburg: Anna Karenina

The pastel coloured palaces and magnificently striking cathedrals of St. Petersburg are the perfect backdrop for this whirlwind love affair.

building_trees_cartagena_colombia

Cartagena: Love in the time of cholera

Cartagena (although unnamed in the narrative) is the inspiration behind the backdrop to one of the greatest love stories of all time.

cairo_egypt

Cairo: The Cairo Trilogy

The engrossing story of a Muslim family in Cairo gives a panorama of colonial Egypt.

What are your very own city-stories favourites?

For more information on original holidays, contact Original Travel.