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Pietro della Valle

Valle, Pietro della (pyĕˈtrō dĕlˈlä välˈlā) [key], 1586–1652, Italian traveler in Asia. He sailed (1614) from Venice; spent a year in Constantinople, where he studied Turkish and Arabic; then traveled in Egypt, the Holy Land, Arabia, Persia, and India, returning to Italy in 1626. An account of his travels based on his letters appeared in two volumes (1650–58); a part appeared in English, with a life of Della Valle as The Travels of Pietro della Valle in India (ed. by Edward Gray, Hakluyt Society, Vol. LXXXIV and LXXXV, 1892).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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