1. Marco Polo
Legendary Cathay and the kingdom of the mighty Kublai Khan took pride of place in the great explorer Marco Polo’s best-selling account of his 20-year odyssey to the Far East, Book of the Marvels of the World. Son of a Venetian merchant, Polo (1254–1324) is responsible for the introduction of pasta and window blinds to the western world.
2. Antonio Vivaldi
Vivaldi (1678–1741) was both an accomplished musician and an influential Baroque composer. Of his 500 ...