Marco Polo was in the group of first Europeans that have traveled the famous Silk Road trade route, stretching from the middle East to China.
Significantly, Polo is reputed to have been born in Korcula itself, though proof to support this thesis is at the best incomplete.
Korcula city still boasts Marko Polo’s alleged house of birth. Despite its rather plain interior, the houses’ tower (loggia) permits for a panoramic visual image of Korcula, stretching from east to west. The home is underneath the protection of the Korcula government building and it’ll shortly become a museum of Marco Polo.
If Marco’s place of birth is somewhat ambiguous, it’s bound that he was taken captive by the Genovese within the naval battle of Korcula, between the Venetian and Genovese states.