Vimina, Alberto

Vimina, Alberto (Bellunese or da Ceneda; assumed names of Michele Bianchi), b 1 March 1603 in Belluno, Republic of Venice, d 1667 in Italy. Italian adventurer, diplomat, and travel writer. In 1650 he was engaged by the Venetian consul to Vienna and the papal nuncio to approach Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky in Chyhyryn about forming an anti-Ottoman coalition. In 1656, after returning to Lviv, Vimina prepared several accounts of his journey (one of which was published in 1890 as Relazione dell' origine e dei costumi dei Cosacchi and reprinted in Russian translation in Kievskaia starina, 1899) and wrote a broader survey of the Cossack-Polish War titled Historia delle guerre civili di Polonia, which was published posthumously in Venice in 1671.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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