What bloggers are saying about the new Marco Polo Pocket Guides

We launched our new series of Marco Polo Pocket Guides in 2018 and it has been wonderful seeing the positive response to the new updated guides. Here is a sampling from our favourite (travel) bloggers and what they are saying about the new Pocket Guides:

Jam and Clotted Cream

Devon and Cornwall guide:  “What I like about the guide –
It’s very family focused, containing lots of useful hints and tips on things to do with children. The ‘Great Places for Free’ section of the guide gave me some new idea’s for free days out and free activities to try – always handy as 3 children can equal a lot of money!

The guide contains a large pull out map as well as several road maps in the back of the guide, making orientation easy.

As a food blogger I’m always drawn to food and drink elements of guidebooks. Marco Polo didn’t let me down, with a comprehensive section on ‘local delicacies’ including stargazy pie, pasties and of course the famous cream tea – jam first obviously! Throughout the guide there are also insider tips on lovely cafe’s and restaurants to try. I love the fact they picked up on Woods Cafe in Cardinham Woods. They sell the most amazing homemade cakes…and pulled pork rolls too. Another one of our favourite family days out.” Read the full post here: jamandclottedcream.co.uk


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New York guide: “While traveling the world, I always used Marco Polo guide books in all destinations. I’m pretty much obsessed with them! If you’ve never been to NYC, I recommend picking up a Marco Polo guidebook before you arrive. In addition to good suggestions on entertainment, food & drink, shopping, and sightseeing, they also come with a great interactive app, and a pull out map. Plus, the photography in the book is stunning!” Read the full post here: sarahfunky.com

The Wandering Quinn

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Rome guide: “…after 2 days of seeing the sights, both on my own and on a tour I felt like I needed to see a side of Rome that wasn’t so touristy. I wanted to get under the skin of Rome a bit more, so on my last day I visited Trastevere and with the help of the New Marco Polo Rome Guide I explored a greener and quieter side of Rome which included Trastevere, Gianicolo Hill and the River Tiber. Despite the rain (apologies in advance for the grey photos), I had such a good time and I’m so glad that I ventured over the river into this area of Rome. — I found the New Marco Polo Rome Guide really helpful and are a few other short walks in there too that I would definitely do if I go back to Rome, plus its filled with information!” Read the full post here: thewanderingquinn.com

Sophie Cliff

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Barcelona guide: “Sam and I both remarked that it was really good fun to “get lost with a purpose” and that’s exactly how following this discovery tour felt – there was no marching from one location to the next, instead we got to take each destination at our own pace and amble around some areas of the city that were totally new to us.

Each of the new Marco Polo pocket guides come with 4-5 perfectly tailored discovery tours that help you get off the beaten track, and I think they may be my new favourite way to discover a different side to a city. We’re already trying to decide which one we might follow when we visit New York later in the year!” Read the full post here: sophiecliff.com

Hand Luggage Only

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Malta & Gozo guide: “A few weeks ago, the gang at Marco Polo Guides asked if we wanted to try scouting out some of their tips on our next trip (which piqued my interest straight away). Using their Malta and Gozo guide we decided to search for some of the ‘insider tips’ on the best things to do in Malta.

Suffice to say, I’m a real sucker for insider tips… Essentially, anything that means I get to make the most of my time on the islands (like those insider tips featuring some of the lesser-known spots in Malta and Gozo) is an opportunity I’ll always jump at while travelling.

After a little bedtime reading of the guide, I found a heap of recommendations that actually ended up saving my bacon on a few occasions. The tips on parking rules (i.e. how no parking or no stopping isn’t really shown with signs but instead with just the lines on the floor – which is totally different to back home in the UK) really helped and saved me a whole lot of unnecessary spend.” Read the full post here: handluggageonly.co.uk


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Devon and Cornwall guide: “There were no surprises for me, the guide includes everything that you would expect (speaking from a Cornish perspective), you’ll find all the most popular, picturesque and must see places but I was delighted to find some added extras too.

I particularly liked the Discovery Tours section towards the back of the book, this can be used as is or with the Free Touring App. These tailored routes help you to explore the region by guiding you from one awesome destination to the next. They also include details on cost and how long it should all take you. Some of the routes last a couple of weeks others are just a fun packed day trip.” Read the full post here: cornishbirdblog.com

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Marco Polo’s Top 5 Easter destinations for 2018 + GIVEAWAY

Easter is only two weeks away, and there is still time to book a last-minute trip to catch the first April sun in one of Marco Polo’s favourite Easter holiday destinations! Don’t forget to check out our Spring giveaway at the end of the post, for a chance to win 5 Marco Polo Pocket Guides of your choice and a FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 camera!

Photo credit: Tim Kelly


Rome is perfect for a true Easter experience. Easter can be one of the busiest times to visit the Eternal city, but in recent years many people have taken advice not to visit at Easter, so there are plenty of hotel rooms to be had at reasonable prices. To hear the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica ring on Easter Sunday is an unforgettable experience. Those not too keen on the spiritual can benefit from free access to all of Rome’s archaeological sites and museums, as the first Sunday of the month falls on Easter Sunday this year. Though do be sure to pack your umbrella, as April tends to be one of Rome’s rainier months.


Not willing to risk the rain in Rome? Then why not head over to Sri Lanka? April is one of the best times to visit Sri Lanka, as the peak tourist is winding down before the monsoon season’s arrival in May. Sunshine, warm weather and beaches – not to mention the beautiful nature and fascinating wildlife – make sure that nobody misses the chocolate eggs. Whether you decide to stay in one place, or travel around the island, Sri Lanka will not disappoint.


Vienna is a great destination for an Easter break. While many locals head for the ski slopes, the city caters to those who stay – or arrive – with a multitude of Easter markets, chocolate and rabbits everywhere. Visit the Schönbrunn Easter market for some beautiful handcrafted souvenirs or take the children to the Prater area for some fun including the famous giant ferris wheel. Don’t forget to try Osterpinze, a local bread like pastry eaten during the Easter holidays.


Another guaranteed destination for sun is Cape Verde. The archipelago off the coast of Africa is a perfect alternative to the more familiar Canaries. The weather is a lovely and warm, and April is the ideal time for whale-watching. Also, there are some lively Easter festivities to be seen, as the locals ring in the Easter Sunday with a big party.


If a six-hour flight is not your thing, Barcelona is a good choice. Sure, the museums and shops have slightly awkward holiday opening times – mainly on Easter Monday – but there are still places that cater to the tourists. Be sure to check out the main Easter parades and processions on Good Friday, and on Easter Sunday you should stay in the vicinity of the Barcelona Cathedral – not to be confused with Sagrada Familia – for a true Barcelona Easter experience.


To celebrate Spring, Marco Polo is organising a giveaway! We are giving away a set of 5 Marco Polo Pocket Guides of your choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera to one lucky winner, chosen at random.

How to enter?

Simply share the story of your most memorable Easter / Spring travel moment in the comments below. You can earn more chances to win by liking our Facebook page and by following our Twitter and Instagram accounts and by letting us know in your comment that you have done so.

The competition is open from Thursday 15 March 2018 until Thursday 29 March 2018 at 12:00 GMT. We will contact the winner personally via email using the email address used to leave the comment so make sure to check that it is spelled correctly!

Good luck!

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Marco Polo Pocket Guide relaunch

Calling all trailblazers! Marco Polo has never been one to follow the crowd: since we burst onto the scene in 2012 and turned the travel publishing world upside-down, we have been pursuing a quest to create the best travel guide possible ever since! And now we are launching 30 ground-breaking new look pocket guides for 2018!


Along with all the regular content updates you’d expect from a relaunch – the guides also contain a new Discovery Tours chapter:

• Each book has 4 to 5 exciting, specially tailored tours helping readers get behind the scenes and head off the beaten track.
• The perfect planning tool – each tour has an overview box detailing the start and end points, distance, plus timing and costs involved – all the information an explorer needs at a glance!
• Each tour is plotted on an overview map highlighting the start point and final destination for easy orientation.
• A detailed flow chart with pictograms clearly shows the way – including distance indicators, sights to explore, views to enjoy en route and plenty of Insider Tips for
relaxing stops along the way.


Free touring app! The Discovery Tours are also available as an app – simply download any of the tours from the web link / QR code featured in each guide. The ultimate navigational tool to enjoy stress-free sightseeing.


Ground-breaking new look covers bring the guides bang up-to-date, so you won’t need to be shy about looking like a tourist! Fresh, simple, cool – the split line typography is designed to make you look twice and the bright colours will get you in the holiday mood!


The guides with Insider Tips! Showing the main sights in detail simply isn’t enough for modern-day travellers. Marco Polo specialises in getting you off the beaten track! Why follow the crowd when you can make your own path?


Relaunch titles available Jan 2018: Amsterdam, Bali, Barcelona, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Corfu, Costa Brava, French Riviera, Hong Kong, India South, Italy, Lake Garda, Mallorca, Malta & Gozo, Mauritius, Montenegro, Munich, New York, New Zealand, Rome, Sardinia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tenerife, Venice, Vienna.

Plus 4 brand new titles: Japan, Peru & Bolivia, Salzburg & Surroundings, Santorini.
All priced at £7.99.


Let Marco Polo show you hidden gems, lesser-known locations and stunning viewpoints where you can make memories to last a lifetime. Brush shoulders with the locals, eat the food that Grandma makes and seek out unique experiences at every turn.

Be a traveller, not just a tourist!

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Marco Polo’s 24 Holiday traditions from around the world – Day 3: Italy La Befana

It’s Day 3 of our Advent Calendar and the first advent Sunday! Today we are travelling to Rome to meet a figure we would be more likely to associate with Halloween rather than Christmas… La Befana! Did you miss our first two posts? Check them out here and here.

la befana vien di notte by Zia deda, on Flickr
la befana vien di notte” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Zia deda


La Befana is the Italian Christmas witch who brings presents to all the good Italian children and lumps of coal to the naughty ones. La Befana is said to ride a broomstick through the air on the eve of the Epiphany, entering houses through the chimney and leaving her presents in the socks left out by the children. Though depicted as dressed in rags and covered in soot, la Befana is actually an excellent housekeeper and if the family leaves her a little token, usually a glass of wine and a local treat, she will even sweep the house with her broomstick.

While la Befana is celebrated throughout Italy, the Christmas witch has a special place in Rome. On Piazza Navona there is a popular market every year, selling candy, toys and sugar charcoal. It is even said that la Befana will appear on the market at the midnight of January 6th, though beware, the legend also says that whoever sees la Befana will get a thwack from her broomstick!


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What bloggers are saying about Marco Polo Guides

Our travel guides are often found in the hands of travel bloggers and who better to put them to the test! Here is what a few of them had to say about Marco Polo Guides:

Heels in My Backpack

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Rome Spiral Guide: “It’s difficult when you’re visiting somewhere for the first time and only have a short amount of time to experience it. How are you meant to prioritise what to do? Should you just hit the big time high profile sights? Try to go off the beaten path?

Well this is the predicament I was in when I visited Rome last month. My Anchored cruise was departing on the Sunday and I decided to fly in on the Friday night so I could enjoy a full Saturday of Rome goodness. So essentially I needed to experience Rome in a day… I mean I know Rome wasn’t built in a day so presumably it would be difficult to see it all in a day, right?

Enter my brand new and shiny Marco Polo Spiral Guide to Rome.

To maximise my time, I thought I’d try out one of their ‘Perfect Day’ itineraries to make sure I was making the most of this glorious day.

And it really was glorious, it was 33 degrees celsius on this particular day. Not the ideal temp for walking around in the boiling sun all day, but hey, I went with it.
There are several day itineraries in the guide but I decided to go for the ‘Ancient City’ variation. Mainly because it included the Colosseum and I’m basic like that. But also because it looked like it had a good mix of the big sights I had heard of and under the radar gems.” See the full post here: heelsinmybackpack.com.

The Sunny Side of This

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Brussels Pocket Guide: “My favorite parts of their guide were the Do’s and Dont’s of Belgium (particularly the driving laws of the city), the useful phrases section both in French and Dutch, and their Discovery Tours suggestions. For this review we did a little bit of a mix and match of their Discovery Tours section, given that we had the baby with us and we wanted to go around by public transportation.

We were also very relieved that the restaurant suggestions all come with the place’s schedules. Restaurants in Brussels are usually not open on Sundays, and only open during lunch time or dinner (ex. 12-2, and 6-9pm). Luckily, the park we visited had a festival that particular weekend and it was filled with food trucks!” Read more on thesunnysideofthis.com.

Sophie’s Suitcase

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London Spiral Guide: “I had a lovely 48 wandering London and used my trusty guide to keep me heading in the right direction and I came across so many lesser known shops, cafes and restaurants because of this. Marco Polo Travel Guide books trump other equivalent maps because each time the book mentions a place, whether it’s a cafe, bar or landmark, it also makes sure it references the map co-ordinates too so that you can find the place super easy. BINGO!” See the full post on sophiessuitcase.com.

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Paris Spiral Guide: “We also sat down with a cup of tea and planned the next 48 hours of our lives, in beautiful Paris! I don’t know why but I hadn’t really asked for tips and tricks from the internet and instead was relying solely on my new Marco Polo Travel Guide to get us from one spot to another.

As we were only going to be in Paris for 48 hours we circled the places we really wanted to visit, and then crossed a few others off the list that we would save for another trip. We mapped out our route for the days and used the book to find out opening times, entry prices and how we would get there.” Read more on sophiessuitcase.com.

Tara Povey – Where is Tara

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Dublin Spiral Guide: “If it’s your first time in Dublin, especially if you’re just visiting for a weekend, you might feel a bit overwhelmed about where to begin and how to really make the most of your time to experience the best that the city has in store. Never fear. Marco Polo and I are here to help you out. Marco Polo, you ask? The famous explorer? Well, kind of – The Marco Polo Dublin guide, stuffed to the gills with useful information. It’s a real gem when it comes to maximizing your time and planning your trip. Each part of the city is handily dealt with in separate sections. It’s easy to see at a glance which attractions are close to each other, how to get to them, and where to find great food without going out of your way. Navigating and finding your way around has never been easier.” Find out more on whereistara.com.

Alice – Teacake Travels

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London Spiral Guide: “There’s just so much to see and do around London! You could spend months and months here without barely scratching the surface. Yet, when time is so short, we need to get to the point!

What if you want to do something different, like that time I set out to discover the street art scene in Shoreditch? What if you want to see a different side of London, hangout in places that you won’t find in most guidebooks, see the city’s charmingly British eccentricity and hit up some of the most weird London attractions?

You could spend hours searching for tidbits online or alternatively arm yourself with my advice and a copy of the Marco Polo London spiral guide.

Divided into sections for different parts of the city, each chapter has a handy map and suggestions on how to maximize your time, leaving you able to discover the different parts of London with ease. There’s also terrific digestible recommendations for places to eat and drink in here, to stop you feeling overwhelmed from all the wonderful dining options in London!” See the full post on teacaketravels.com.


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Eat Like a Local Rome

When in Rome, eat as the Romans do! Roman food is based on its ancient past and demonstrates simple, yet delicious cuisine!

Marco Polo Rome Guide

Italian specialities you should try on your visit to Rome:

Abbacchio alla scottadito – roast lamb with rosemary potatoes

Baccalà – dried cod, often with peas

Bollito misto – mixed boiled meats, usually served with a green sauce

Bucatini all’amatriciana – pasta with tomato sauce, bacon and pecorino

Carciofi alla giudea/romana – artichokes fried in oil

Carpaccio di manzo – thin raw slices of fillet of beef with rocket leaves and parmesan

Carpaccio di pesce – thin marinated slices of swordfish or tuna

Ciammotta – deep-fried vegetables

Coniglio alla cacciatora – rabbit braised in the oven with rosemary

Fave e pecorino – beans with pecorino

Finanziera – stew of chicken, sweetbread and mushrooms

Garofolato – braised beef

Gnocchi salvia e burro – small potato dumplings with sage and butter

Insalata di puntarelle – bitter salad leaves with garlic and anchovies

Orecchiette – ear-shaped pasta, often served with broccoli and scampi

Pagliata – calf’s intestines with penne pasta

Panzanella – white bread with tomatoes, oil and chopped basil as a salad

Panzarottini – pasta bake with cheese and egg

Pasta e fagioli – penne or other fresh pasta with bean soup

Pesce spada – swordfish with lemon and oil, usually grilled

Pollo al diavolo – spicy chicken

Porchetta – slices of suckling pig on a roll, usually served cold at a stall

Saltimbocca – slice of veal with sage and parma ham

Scamorza con prosciutto – smoked cheese with ham

Trippa alla romana – tripe, usually served with vegetables

Marco Polo Rome Guide

Restaurants serving traditional Italian cuisine:

Gelateria Giolitti 

Rome’s most famous ice-cream parlour has been in business since 1900. Traditionalists order the bacio chocolate ice-cream or the truffle ice. Fruit sorbets, particularly the champagne and ginger flavours, are also chart-toppers here. Open Daily 7am–2am | Via Uffici del Vicario 40 | Bus 62, 63 | www.giolitti.it

La Veranda

In the Baroque courtyard of the Hotel Columbus near the Vatican you can enjoy modern Roman food such as rabbit chasseur. Open Tuesday–Sunday | Via della Conciliazione 33 | Tel. 066 87 29 73 | Bus 40, 62

Vincenzo alla Lungaretta

A cosy eatery where cannelloni, lasagne and pizza come from the wood-fired oven. Try the imaginative antipasti, which includes stuffed aubergines, pepperoni and artichokes. Open daily | Via della Lungaretta 170/173 | Tel. 0 65 80 03 45 | Tram 8, Bus 780

Il Bocconcino

Right behind the Colosseum, Giancarlo and his wife Nelly have opened a slow-food trattoria that has been a real hit in the locality. Try their traditional Roman-style starters such as polpette di melanzane e pinoli (aubergine dumplings with pine kernels), crostini di alici (toasted bread with anchovies) or spezzatino di vitella (veal stew with beans). Open Thursday–Tuesday | Via Ostilia 23 | Tel. 06 77 07 91 75 | Tram 3, Bus 60, 75, 81, 85, 117 | www.ilbocconcino.com

Hostaria Romanesca

A restaurant situated in the buzzing and colourful Campo de’ Fiori, a square located south of Piazza Navona and means “field of flowers”. It serves classic Roman dishes such as spaghetti carbonara and pollo ai peperoni. A reservation is necessary in the evenings! Open daily | Campo de’ Fiori 40 | Tel. 0 66 86 20 24 | Bus 116

Il Boscaiolo

A pizzeria north of the Fontana di Trevi with a wide selection of toppings and thin, crispy dough. The salads here are delicious too! Open Tuesday–Sunday (evenings only) | Via degli Artisti 37 | Tel. 0 64 88 40 23 | Metro A: Barberini


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Low Budget Rome

Rome is notoriously expensive with its gourmet restaurants, famous landmarks and fashionable designer shops. However with Marco Polo’s top money saving tips you can have a holiday to remember, without splashing the cash!

Colosseum, Rome. Photo credit: Tim Kelly

Colosseum, Rome. Photo credit: Tim Kelly


In many state museums, you get free admission or a considerable discount if you are under 25 and from the EU. The same applies to those over 65. Don’t forget to take ID!

It’s free to visit magnificent monuments like the Pantheon, the spectacular Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. Charges will apply for some attractions if you want to go in, but the best views are usually from the outside anyway!

Trevi Fountain. Photo credit: Tim Kelly

Trevi Fountain. Photo credit: Tim Kelly

Sistine Chapel for free: If you want to see the world’s largest art collection, Raphael’s Stanze and the Sistine Chapel without paying a penny: on the last Sunday of the month there is free admission to the Vatican Museums (9am–12.30pm). Unfortunately, at this time they are even more crowded than usual… because it’s free of course!

View of the Forum Romanum: In Caesar’s time Romans and travellers paid nothing to stroll across the Forum Romanum. Today you have to pay for admission, but if you just want to get a glimpse then take the steps to the left of the Piazza del Campidoglio for a wonderful view of the Foro Romano. Piazza del Campidoglio | Bus 30, 60, 62, 63, 64, 70, 81, 87, 117, 119, 160, 630


Food & drink

Da Augusto: One of Trastevere’s good old trattorias. When you take a seat on the piazza, the owner Augusto lays out a paper tablecloth and immediately takes your order. If you can’t understand his thick accent, simply order the dish of the day from the blackboard, e.g. coniglio (rabbit) or pollo (chicken). Mon–Fri and Sat midday | Piazza de’ Renzi 15 | Tel. 0 65 80 37 98 | Tram 8

Il Bocconcino: Right behind the Colosseum, Giancarlo – who is actually a pharmacist – and his wife Nelly have opened a slow-food trattoria that has been a real hit in the locality. Try their traditional Roman-style starters such as polpette di melanzane e pinoli, aubergine dumplings with pine kernels, crostini di alici, toasted bread with anchovies, or spezzatino di vitella, veal stew with beans. Thu–Tue | Via Ostilia 23 | Tel. 06 77 07 91 75 | Tram 3, bus 60, 75, 81, 85, 117

Drink your espresso, cappuccino or orange juice at the counter. Served at a table, especially around the tourist haunts, it can be three times as expensive.

You can get a quick refreshment or cup of coffee for very little money at the souvenir stand run by nuns in the dome of San Pietro.

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

Photo credit: Tim Kelly


Affordable apartments and studios are on offer at www.friendlyrentals.com/Rome and www.only-apartments.com. Bargains like a 4-room flat for 6 people at 180 euros near the Vatican Museums, however, book early as they tend to sell out very fast!

A popular address for young people is Village Flaminio in the north of Rome, a campsite in green surroundings with a pool. Bungalow sleeping 5 from 132 euros | Via Flaminia Nuova 821 | Tel. 0 63 33 26 04, 063 33 14 29 | info@villageflaminio.com | Local train towards Prima Porta from Piazzale Flaminio, the stop is Due Ponti | By car: from GRA Gran Raccord Annulare uscita (exit) 6 in the direction of Flaminio/Roma Centro, as far as Corso Franci. www.villageflaminio.com

Azzurra: No great luxury, but a first-class location near the Fontana di Trevi. Via del Boccaccio 25 | tel. 0 64 74 65 31 | www.hotelazzurra.com | Metro A: Barberini, bus 52, 53, 60, 61, 62, 492



Designer fashion, sometimes at half price: Discount dell’Alta Moda (Via del Gesù e Maria 14–16 | Metro A: Spagna, bus 117).

At the clothing market in Via Sannio (Mon–Sat morning) you will find the women of Rome and lots of truant schoolkids hunting for bargains. Piazzale Appio | Metro A: S. Giovanni

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

A Train to the Mediterranean

Rome’s beach fans and clubbers know the way. The 20-mile trip on a local train to the beach resort of Ostia costs only 1 euro, next to nothing. In the evenings until 10.30pm a normal Metro or bus ticket will take you to the hip resort Lido di Ostia, where you can hit the club scene. The first train back in the morning leaves at 5.18am. Lovers of archaeology take the same train and get off at Ostia Antica to see a city of ruins.

You can stroll beneath pine trees along streets of ancient shops, past the forum with its temples and baths, dwellings, warehouses and the theatre. On the square behind the theatre you can even see an example of ancient sponsoring: nymphs, sea monsters and ships giving advertising space to the commercial enterprises that financed the theatre – all of which already existed in Augustus’ time (Tue– Sun 8.30am until one hour before dusk | Admission 4 euros).

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Top 10 travel photos from around the world

Top 10 travel photos from around the world – as chosen by Marco Polo photographer Tim Kelly.

Tim and his faithful camera have been travelling around the world together for over three decades. Well, the camera may have changed over the years – but Tim’s eye for detail certainly hasn’t – capturing the spirit of a destination in one single shot.

Here is Tim’s personal selection of his favourite photos from all around the world:

1. Paddy field worker in Bali

Paddy field - Bali

2.  Octopus restaurant near Plaka, Crete

Octopus restaurant near Plaka, Crete

3. Narrow car-free streets of Mdina in Malta

Narrow car-free streets of Mdina in Malta

4. Aerial view of Dubrovnik from Mount Srdj

Aerial view of Dubrovnik from Mount Srdj

5. Inside the glass dome – Reichstag in Berlin

Inside the glass dome - Reichstag in Berlin

6. Camel trek through Wadi Rum in Jordan

Camel trek through Wadi Rum in Jordan

7. Night view of Our Lady before Tyn church in Prague

 Night view of Our Lady before Tyn church in Prague

8. A different view of Grand Palace, Bangkok

Grand Palace - Bangkok

9. Bird’s eye view of Rome from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

Bird’s eye view of Rome from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

10. Dubai – the Burj Khalifa at night

Dubai - the Burj Khalifa at night

Which is your favourite?

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Marco Polo Pocket Guides around the world!

Marco Polo Guides have been all around the world… from the sublime to the ridiculous (we’re not saying which are which!) Here’s a selection of our top “I AM MARCO POLO” photos:


Migrant Expats - Marco Polo Berlin Pocket Guide

Photo credit: The Migrant Expats

Marco Polo Berlin Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Alison Floutier

Berlin Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Chiara Colella


Marco Polo Guide Montenegro

Photo credit: Steph McCall


Dublin Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Carina Watson


Marco Polo Rome Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Jane W.


Marco Polo Las Vegas Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Katie Bennett

Marco Polo Las Vegas Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Emma Whitlock

Las Vegas Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Emma Whitlock


Lake Garda Marco Polo Guide

Photo credit: Vicky Merriman

Lake Garda Marco Polo Guide

Photo credit: Ian MacDonald


Malta Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Tim Kelly


Marco Polo Pocket Guide Venice

Photo credit: Vicky Merriman

Marco Polo Pocket Guide Venice

Photo credit: Hannah Shaw

Venice Marco Polo Guide

“I’m gonna have to go into the map.” Photo credit: Hannah Shaw recreating the London map scene by Joey in Friends.


Barcelona Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Dannii Perrin


Mallorca Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Bryan Bennion


Crete Marco Polo Pocket Guide

Photo credit: Tim Kelly

Got a Marco Polo picture of your own?

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Marco Polo Pocket Guides

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