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!


An interview with Mr. Campomaggi reveals a lot about the source of Marco’s inspiration. When you dig a little deeper you begin to find out why Campomaggi is such a great fit with Marcopoloni. . . . → Read More: Campomaggi

Kewpie Dolls: A Revelation

Kewpie Dolls at the Miyagawa Morning Market in Takayama

I came across these adorable Kewpie dolls at the Miyagawa Morning Market in Takayama, Japan. The dolls were not handmade, but they were wearing little handmade 浴衣(yukata, or a casual version of the kimono)! When I laid eyes upon them, they immediately brought me . . . → Read More: Kewpie Dolls: A Revelation

Authentic Italian Accomplished

I recently commented on how difficult it is to export a local experience to another country. Yet, it can be done, at least to a good extent.

We had been up since 3:30, thanks to serious jetlag, and still had time to kill before we could start calling the artisans we wanted to visit. . . . → Read More: Authentic Italian Accomplished

Authentic Italian

When we had a poor experience at a bakery that claimed to be authentic Italian we realized how difficult it is to copy a product and the entirety of its attributes from one country to another. We make sure that the products we offer are authentic from their country of origin. . . . → Read More: Authentic Italian

Exploring Japanese Traditions

In the spirit of exploration, we are about to embark in a journey that will take us to Takayama in Japan to meet the artisans that make beautiful Koito Pottery. . . . → Read More: Exploring Japanese Traditions

Murano Pursues a Renaissance with Hotels

While Murano seeks a renaissance by building hotels, I am reminded of how great the commitment and skill of those murano glass craftsmen is. At Marcopoloni, we are commited to bringing these wonderful pieces of glass art to those who skip past the cheaper imitations. . . . → Read More: Murano Pursues a Renaissance with Hotels

You Are What You Eat, Drink, Breathe, and Wear

When I turned 30 I started to realize that you really are what you eat. Soon, I understood that the impact of what you drink, breathe and wear on your body is just as important. To know what goes in, you really need to carefully select your sources and that is why I opt for handmade over canned-made any time I can. . . . → Read More: You Are What You Eat, Drink, Breathe, and Wear

Fusilli alla Siciliana

I do go to Sicily and have never seen this recipe there, but whether it is authentic or not (I would like to find out what you think), I truly love it and everyone that has had it has complimented me for it. It is the lengthiest recipe in my arsenal so far. I have to allow two hours for it, but it is definitely worth it. If it shouldn’t be called Fusilli alla Siciliana, what should its name be? . . . → Read More: Fusilli alla Siciliana

Searched for Bags in my Hometown and Found Maxima

When I went around Milano looking for a great artisan to add to our suppliers, I found Maxima. . . . → Read More: Searched for Bags in my Hometown and Found Maxima

Perfecting my Spaghetti alla Marinara

When you make a Marinara sauce from scratch it has nothing to do with the sauce called “Marinara” sold at the grocery store. The result is very light and a favorite chez Graziani. . . . → Read More: Perfecting my Spaghetti alla Marinara