Museo di Palazzo Palazzo Mocenigo

Mocenigo Palace

EXHIBITION Alfabeto Marco Polo, Venezia Istanbul


Alfabeto Marco Polo
Venezia Istanbul

7 – 16 May, 2024 *Extended to 19 May, 2024
Venice, Palazzo Mocenigo Museum, ground floor

Organized by Nadia De Lazzari, President Associazione Venezia: Pesce di Pace


The international cultural project Marco Polo Alphabet, Venice Istanbul marks the 700th anniversary of the death of the Venetian Marco Polo, a great traveller, merchant of fabrics and precious stones, and ambassador of peace in the world.

The initiative between Italy and Turkey, conceived by the Associazione Venezia: Pesce di Pace in collaboration with schools, institutions and businesses, seeks to awaken a love of history and curiosity while exchanging and developing educational content between young people from different countries and cultures.

The beneficiaries of the project are 1,000 children in Venice and Istanbul. Marco Polo has been presented to the young students with topics in history, art and geography and readings of short specially prepared narrative texts. Cooperation in the classroom with an innovative teaching method is inspired by the exploratory spirit of Marco Polo updated in contemporary terms.

Combining enthusiasm and creative graphic skills, the children, guided by teachers and designers and organised in groups, coloured Marco Polo in Venice and Istanbul, the city where the family resided in the house with the Lion of St. Mark and had a warehouse. Together with the cultural experience, the project presents a bilingual book in Italian and Turkish.


Thanks to: Scuole Cavanis, Diedo, Foscarini, Gallina, Grimani, Manzoni, Michiel, San Domenico Savio, San Giuseppe, Visintini; disegnatori Valerio Held e Maurizio Amendola; Nicolao Atelier; Carcere Femminile della Giudecca


With the patronage of: Consolato Onorario della Turchia in Veneto