What is Marcopoloni?

Our goal is to bring people like you, who cherish and appreciate fine artistry, closer to the artisans who create them. Everything we offer is handmade by carefully-selected artisans who pour their love and pride into each piece of work.

Much as Marco Polo brought the Western world in contact with the treasures of the Far East in the late 13th century, Marcopoloni strives to put you in touch with beautiful handmade goods from around the world!

Getting Ready for our Trip to Italy

We are going to Italy and we have a lot on our plates. We could not get a flight into Milan using our miles so we are traveling to Rome and then giving the Frecciarossa a test run. . . . → Read More: Getting Ready for our Trip to Italy

My best friend: the hardest but funnest person to shop for

My best friend is tremendously difficult to shop for. She has impeccable taste, and is well-traveled … so why is she also the funnest person to shop for? . . . → Read More: My best friend: the hardest but funnest person to shop for

Un Gelato al Bacio e allo Zabaglione for My Birthday

Everybody pretended to have forgotten about my birthday, but it was to surprise me with some gelato. The surprise, and finding artisanal gelato allo zabaglione begs the question: “when is my birthday again?” . . . → Read More: Un Gelato al Bacio e allo Zabaglione for My Birthday

Japanese convenience store dessert: mass-made can be handmade

Last night I was watching a Japanese TV program showcasing a wildly popular item sold at a convenience store chain in Japan. It’s a cafe-style roll cake: a ring of fluffy, moist sponge cake loaded with real whipped cream.

Now, let me take a step back and explain the concept of the konbini, . . . → Read More: Japanese convenience store dessert: mass-made can be handmade

One-of-a-kind Cappuccino

the value of quality handmade products comes from attention to details and years of honing a skill. You have to know quality to be able to judge quality. . . . → Read More: One-of-a-kind Cappuccino

Our new Flip video camera: just a cool gadget or a floodgate for our business?

The new video camera has arrived earlier than expected, and it’s been providing us with some much-needed entertainment here at the office. As we fought over the little palm-sized device (smaller than the iPhone!), we’ve already come to love its simplicity and ease of use.

Here is a test video I shot of Daniele . . . → Read More: Our new Flip video camera: just a cool gadget or a floodgate for our business?

How Do You Create a Decent Video Review?

I know a few things: that I am not a very good presence on screen, that I speak in a boring monotone, that I make pathetically funny facial expressions when I am in front of the camera, and that I want to create video product reviews to help our customers find out more about . . . → Read More: How Do You Create a Decent Video Review?

Polishing my old Affari

Every now and again leather really can use a little rejuvenation. We are very happy with Meltonian Leather Lotion for top grain vegetable tanned leather. . . . → Read More: Polishing my old Affari

My New Belt and Italian Belt Sizes

Last year we decided to start carrying leather belts because both Marco and Vincenzo made some really cool belts. When we placed our first order with Dionigi back in January I had an eye on a belt that would make the perfect replacement for my aging, not-so-cool-anymore, brown dress belt. Unfortunately, when the belts . . . → Read More: My New Belt and Italian Belt Sizes

Issue Detected and Fixed. NOT! Or at Least: Not So Fast

So we recently upgraded to a newer web hosting plan to be able to take advantage of some nifty features included in wordpress. Everything was playing out smoothly for a few days and then the new server we were on got hit with a denial-of-service attack. So our web hosting company responded to the . . . → Read More: Issue Detected and Fixed. NOT! Or at Least: Not So Fast