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Uno degli esploratori italiani più famosi si chiama Marco Polo. Marco Polo nasce a Venezia nel 1254 e lavora con suo padre come mercante.

È uno dei primi europei e occidentali ad arrivare in Oriente, commerciando con vari paesi dell’Asia. Marco Polo va molte volte in Cina e incontra spesso il Kubilai Khan, la massima autorità cinese. I due uomini diventano molto amici, tanto che per 17 anni Marco Polo resta in Cina e lavora come consigliere del Khan.

Quando torna a Venezia, Marco Polo finisce in prigione e lì inizia a scrivere il suo famoso libro, chiamato Il Milione, dove racconta i dettagli dei suoi viaggi in Cina. Questo libro è ancora oggi considerato un capolavoro della letteratura italiana.

An Italian explorer

Marco Polo was born in Venice in 1254 and is one of the most famous Italian explorers. He worked with his father as a merchant.

Because of his job, Marco was one of the first European people to reach Asia and doing business with China. He traveled many times to China, where he met the king of this country, called Kubilai Khan. Those two men became friends and fro 17 years Marco lived in China and worked as one of the king’s counselors.

When Marco Polo returned to Venice, he was put in jail where he began to write his famous book, called The Million. This book is a report of Marco’s expeditions in China and is actually considered a masterpiece of Italian literature.

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