Lake Vadimo

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Lake Vadimo (Lat. Lacus Vadimo) is a partially dry lake[1] near the ancient Etruscan town of Orte[2] The lake was theatre of a battle between Etruscans and Romans (310 and 283 BC), in both of which the Romans were victorious.

The Roman domination made the area a municipality of Horta (also Hortanum).[3]

According to Pliny the Elder, there were floating islands on the lake.[4]


  1. ^ Cf. The True Story of Lake Vadimo (Italian) - also called Lake Vadimone, or in Italian: Lago Vadimone.
  2. ^ The area was inhabited from the 6th century BC and called *Hurta: cf. Chiesa, Tarquinia: archeologia e prosopografia tra ellenismo e romanizzazione, 2006, p.267. — as testified by the findings in a necropolis nearby, now preserved in the Vatican Museums.
  3. ^ John Murray, A dictionary of Greek and Roman geography, Volume 1, 1873, p.1091
  4. ^ Pliny the Elder. "II:209". Natural History.