September 2023 Bookfact
When was marco polo born?
People believe that Marco Polo was born on 15 September 1254 in Venice. He came from a rich merchant family in the centre of the city. Sadly, Marco’s mother died when he was young and it is thought that he went to live with other family members.
At this time, Venice was a rich city which traded with countries around the Mediterranean Sea, and also faraway places in Africa and Asia. Marco’s father and uncle frequently travelled away on business in search of goods. In fact, Marco was 15 when he first met his father, Niccolo.
Niccolo and his brother, Maffeo, had gone on a long journey to China along the Silk Road before Marco was born and only returned in 1269.