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Artena is a town and comune in the province of Rome, Italy. It is situated in the northwest of Monti Lepini, in the upper valley of the Sacco River. It is approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) southeast by rail, and 30 kilometres (19 mi) direct from Rome.

Economy is based on agriculture, animal husbandry and tourism.

History[edit]

The name of the original village of the Volsci is uncertain; Ecetra or Fortinum are possible suggestions.

In the Middle Ages it was a fief of various Roman baronal families, such as the Colonna, the Orsini and the Borghese.

The modern village was called Monte Fortino until 1873. It owes its present name to an unproven identification of the site with the ancient Volscian Artena, destroyed in 404 BC. Another Artena, which belonged to the district of Caere, and lay between it and Veii, was destroyed in the period of the kings, and its site is unknown.

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