A popular myth about spaghetti is that it was brought to Italy by adventurer Marco Polo sometime in the late 13th century. But over the years, a re-examination of Marco Polo's writings and other historical facts show that, most likely, various cultures contributed to its invention.

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China was one of the world's first civilizations to eat boiled strands of noodles. There was cultural sharing between Asia and southern Europe, and some historians believe that traders who traveled between the Mediterranean and China may have brought knowledge of the tubular strands to the region. It is likely that Arabs brought the practice of boiling pasta, such as spaghetti noodles, to Italy when they invaded the region in the 9th century.