A number of Shakespeare's plays take place in renaissance Italy. Shakespeare never traveled to Italy himself but had heard stories, seen drawings, and painted his own picture in his mind. Shakespeare was born during High Renaissance Italy, a few steps ahead of England. Shakespeare liked the idea of writing plays in Renaissance Italy because it was far more interesting than England. England at this time was still in a dark age, not concentrated or even open to the idea of art or literature.
Some of my favorite artists in Renaissance Italy
Leonardo Da Vinci
Antonio Allegri da Correggio