Marco Polo and Treviso, 700 years after his death, a surprising discovery: the values of today, as then.

The values of an illustrious Venetian, remembered with pride by all the territories of Veneto. The importance of knowledge, internationalisation and dialogue between cultures.

Events - published on 21 June 2024

Source: press office Presidency of the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso - Belluno|Dolomites

Marco Polo, a young Venetian merchant, is one of the world’s best-known figures, embodying the values of Venetian culture and of the entire Veneto region.

A significant anniversary such as the 700th anniversary of his death (1324-2024), is a great opportunity to pause and remember what the inspirational values and their importance were, so as to draw inspiration for his story of enterprise, as well as to understand how to treasure and implement them for the benefit of the community and the economy of Veneto region.

If we look at the dedication to exports of the economies of Treviso and Belluno , and of all the provinces of the Veneto region, we can grasp its roots in the value of travel, discovery and approaching different cultures with an open mind and always ready to acquire new knowledge, characteristics of the Marco Polo character. Moreover, the importance of dialogue between cultures, the impulse towards internationalisation and the courage to always cross new horizons can be found, today more than ever, as resources for our economies capable of tackling the crises of the domestic market and international geopolitical events with resilience and intuition, always looking to new routes to promote their products, innovate and remain competitive. In its Mission, Trevisobellunosystem, the territorial marketing portal of the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites, highlights the entrepreneurial strength of the companies of Treviso and Belluno, constantly promoting them, in Italian, English and Chinese.

Marco Polo and Treviso, a surprising discovery

Thanks to the transcription of the nineteenth-century inventory drawn up by the Treviso abbot Luigi Bailo, an important man of culture after whom the Museum in the heart of the city of Treviso is named, Giulia Migo, a young student enrolled in the master’s degree course in History and Conservation of the Archival and Bibliographic Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, in 2019, while doing an internship at the State Archive of Treviso , found Marco Polo’s original document.

The discovery of Marco Polo’s document in the State Archive of Treviso invites us to remember that our past is full of secrets that can be revealed, also thanks to a cultural heritage that is well catalogued and preserved by the institutions.


As reported in the article of Ca’ Foscari NEWS, by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice : ‘This is a receipt notarised on 16 November 1320 by the notary-priest Filippo Spinelli of Venice, with which the author of The Million makes ‘plenam et irrevocabilem securitatem’ to Pietro da Canal, resident in Crete, of all that is contained and read in a ‘carta manifestacionis’ drawn up (‘complete et roborata’) some three months earlier (on 13 August 1320) by the notary Benedetto da Milano of Candia. The document seems to be important, then, not only for its rarity (or perhaps uniqueness), but also because it may attest to the 66-year-old Marco Polo’s interest in Crete. Settling Pietro da Canal’s debt in Venice before Marco Polo are the brothers Filippo and Giovanni Iuliano. The Institute is currently proceeding with the verification of the transcription of the Bailo inventory, carried out with great passion and determination by Giulia Migo. It will thus be possible to make it available to scholars in the Study Room and, later – supplemented by further descriptions – in the computer platforms of the National Archival System. This research tool will certainly enable scholars to make other pleasant and important discoveries’.


One of the most famous and important destinations of the young Venetian merchant, China, finds in the territorial marketing portal Trevisobellunosystem since 2009 a particular attention, with the creation of the site in Chinese, the subject of Cristina Binda‘s degree thesis at the Treviso Campus of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The site was conceived promptly so that companies in 2008, after the crisis in the domestic market, in marked internationalisation, could have a tool to present the area where their headquarters are located and as a welcome marketing opportunity for business and leisure (tourism) relations with this new market.

We are pleased to inform you that we have recently created the “Journey through the 5 elements of Treviso and Belluno” section with a view to cross-cultural marketing and welcome marketing, with the aim of promoting the territories of Treviso and Belluno and consolidating a dialogue between territories and cultures, the value of which Marco Polo had already understood 7 centuries ago.

The great recurrence of the 700th anniversary of the death of Marco Polo, the forerunner of internationalisation, gives rise to new reflections, new insights in social, cultural and economic terms, reinforcing the idea that dialogue not only between cultures, but also between different eras, can always provide new opportunities for the territory, creating a common thread linking past, present and future.

The value of travel, discovery and curiosity can be found in the ability to create collaborations and network through culture and knowledge.


Read the Article in Chinese Language | 阅读文章中文版:

马可·波罗与特雷维索,一个惊人的发现: 在他逝世七百周年之际,对威尼托人今天的价值观进行反思,与当年一样。


Article and translation in English and Chinese by Cecilia Flaccavento
Internship at the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso – Belluno|Dolomites

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