Marco Polo (play /ˈmɑrk ˈpl/; Àdàkọ:IPA-it; c. 1254 – January 9, 1324)[1] was a Venetian merchant traveler[2][3] from the Venetian Republic whose travels are recorded in Il Milione, a book which did much to introduce Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned about trading whilst his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, travelled through Asia and apparently met Kublai Khan.

Marco Polo
Marco Polo portrait.jpg
Portrait of Marco Polo[Note 1]
Ọjọ́ìbíc. 1254
Venice, Venetian Republic
AláìsíJanuary 8, 1324(1324-01-08) (ọmọ ọdún 69)
Venice, Venetian Republic
Resting placeChurch of San Lorenzo
45°15′41″N 12°12′15″E / 45.2613°N 12.2043°E / 45.2613; 12.2043
Orílẹ̀-èdèVenetian (Italian)
Iṣẹ́Merchant, Explorer
Gbajúmọ̀ fúnThe Travels of Marco Polo
Olólùfẹ́Danta Badoer
Àwọn ọmọFantina, Bellela, and Moretta
Parent(s)Mother: Unknown
Father: Niccolò Polo


  1. The exact source is unknown, but the portrait originated from a 16th century painting in the Gallery of Monsignor Badia in Rome. Inscription: Marcus Polus venetus totius orbis et Indie peregrator primus. It appears in the Nordisk familjebok Berg 1915, p. 1261
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  2. William Tait, Christian Isobel Johnstone (1843). Tait's Edinburgh magazine, Volume 10. Edinburgh. 
  3. Hinds, Kathryn (2002). Venice and Its Merchant Empire. New York.