Valle, Pietro della

Valle, Pietro della pyĕ´trō dĕl´lä väl´lā [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).

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