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Fiesso d'Artico is a town in the province of Venice, Veneto, Italy. The town is connected by the SR11, and is part of the Riviera del Brenta.Fiesso d'Artico has almost reached the remarkable age of one thousand years of official life: it is already mentioned, in fact, in documents dated 1025/1028.It is a village of 6.31km2 (it has the smaller territory of the province of Venice) on the left bank of the Brenta river, halfway between Padua and Venice.Initially, the town was called just Fiesso, from the Latin Flexum, meaning a curve formed by the river anciently called the "Medoacus" (currently known as Brenta).The second name Artico was added later on, in honour of the lawyer Angelo Maria Artico, the creator of the last great deviation of the river which was necessary to safeguard the town from floods as the breaking of the levees by the river Brenta happened very often, before.In the past, this town was important as a religious center: it is recorded that a priest was appointed even by the bishop of Nicosia, in Cyprus, that was a dependence of the Republic of Venice, at the time.The territory was divided in two large parts inclusive of many other lands which nowadays are belonging to the other closer municipalities, such as Dolo, Stra, Vigonza.Due to the short distance from Padua, Fiesso d'Artico was involved in many wars as a result of the struggle for the succession of several lordships in that city.Finally Fiesso d'Artico was included in the Republic of Venice, in the fifteenth century.
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