Marko Polo

Marko Polo

Korčula is the birthplace of Marko Polo, a famous traveller around the Far East. Did you know that the number ‘million’ is being related to Marko Polo? Returning from China, he was exaggerating in his descriptions and quantities so much that the numbers of the time were simply insufficient. The number 1,000,000 used to be expressed as ‘a thousand thousands’. The word ‘emilioni’ was taken from Marko’s middle name Emilio (Marko Emilio Polo) and transformed into a ‘million’. From his travels he brought back rice, paper, pasta, silk and even the ice-cream…

Marco Polo