The Worlds of Marco Polo

The Worlds of Marco Polo
at Palazzo Ducale
The Worlds of Marco Polo

The exhibition “The Worlds of Marco Polo – The Journey of a Venetian Merchant in the Thirteenth Century,” curated by Giovanni Curatola and Chiara Squarcina, will be held at Palazzo Ducale – Doge’s Apartment until September 29, 2024. This landmark exhibition is part of the initiatives commemorating the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo’s death, organized by the Municipality of Venice and the National Committee for the Celebrations of Marco Polo.

Marco Polo’s seminal work, “Il Milione,” has immortalized him as the most illustrious medieval traveler, offering a vivid account of his extraordinary journey from West to East. Through meticulously documented narratives, Polo not only described the distant lands of Asia but also emerged as a supreme interpreter of Venetian mercantile culture. His travels not only shaped the course of Venetian commerce but also elevated Venice to the status of the commercial capital of the West.

This exhibition delves into Polo’s unparalleled life and knowledge, exploring the multifaceted relationships between diverse cultures and civilizations encountered along the Silk Roads. Divided into thematic sections, the exhibition illustrates Venetian commerce in the fourteenth century, the influence of merchant travels on cartography, and the cultural, artistic, and religious diversity encountered by Polo during his odyssey.

Polo’s accounts offer insights into the religious faiths and cultural nuances of Christian, Muslim, Chinese, and Indian civilizations, shedding light on the complexities of the world he encountered. Through immersive displays and informative narratives, the exhibition brings to life Polo’s epic journey and his enduring legacy in shaping our understanding of the interconnectedness of global civilizations.

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to embark on a journey through time and space with Marco Polo, as his remarkable odyssey unfolds within the historic walls of Palazzo Ducale, inviting visitors to explore the worlds he traversed and the enduring impact of his travels.


Location: Palazzo Ducale, Venice

Schedule: until September 29, 2024

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