Aspects of Italian and American History

Exploration and Discovery

Marco Polo journeyed to China from Venice in 1271, a trip that took him 24 years to complete. His account of the Chinese culture, The Book of Marco Polo, was translated into Latin and into other European languages and immediately became a bestseller.

However, many readers considered Polo's description of China to be exaggerated and his book soon became known as Il Milione — the book of a million lies!