Marco Polo was a [[TheHighMiddleAges 13th century]] Venetian merchant who set out for {{Venice}} on a [[TheQuest journey]] to the east. He stayed there many years serving TheEmperor of China, Kublai Khan. Upon returning he set out as a warrior in the Venetian Fleet to meet the hereditary foe, the Genoans.

He was captured and apparently looked too rich for the Genoans to throw him overboard and waste a good ransom. In any case he was kept prisoner next to a professional [[TheStoryteller storyteller]] and told his adventures to pass the time. This story was later published under the title ''Description of the World'' or ''Books of the Marvels of the World'', but it has eventually become better known under its nickname ''Il Milione'' or, more simply, ''The Travels of Marco Polo''. The ''Travels'' themselves are a surprisingly dull book but the idea of the story was so powerful that it became a classic, and Marco was nicknamed ''Il Millione'' for the "millions" of tales he brought back.

Curiously, very little is known about Marco Himself. For that reason, even though more then one "biography" has been written, large parts often come from the author's imagination.

And, contrary to the myth, he never introduced pasta to Italy.

Not to be confused with the videogame ''VideoGame/MarcoPolo'' that was of course inspired by this adventurer.
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!! Tropes in ''The Travels of Marco Polo'' a.k.a. ''Il Milione'':
* BadassBureaucrat: Marco ''claimed'' he had been this for [[TheEmperor Kublai Khan]].
* BadassFamily: The Polos
* BoldExplorer: The book is a biographical (and somewhat confused) recounting of the Italian explorer's 13th-century expedition to the Middle-East and China. It was a block-buster hit in its time.
* TheEpic: A RealLife one, no less.
* GoingNative: According to one or two biographers.
* GrimUpNorth: Russia.
* IntrepidMerchant : Marco (and the rest of his family)
* MerchantCity: Every city.
* ProudMerchantRace: Venice
* ProudWarriorRace: Mongols
* RealityIsUnrealistic
* UnreliableNarrator: Often regarded as this. He was a returned traveler telling yarns after all. Someone just remembered to write his yarns down.
* MightyWhitey: Do remember he might have [[UnreliableNarrator mildly exaggerated this]].
* VerbalTic: "Let me tell you...", "What more need/shall I say?", "What need to make a long story of it?", "Let us now..." and ''a lot'' more.
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!! Adaptations of ''Il Milione'':

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* ''VideoGame/MarcoPolo'' by Phillips Interactive Media.
* In one of CarmenSandiego games, you get to meet him during a time travel adventure in which one of Carmen's crooks had stolen oils that they were bring to the Chinese.


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