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Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Description: Legend has it that a nymph named Aretusa, who was one of the Nereids of...
Legend has it that a nymph named Aretusa, who was one of the Nereids of Greece, fled to Sicily after the river-god Alpheus fell in love with her, but was then changed into a fountain (the Fonte Aretusa) by Artemis.
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Papyrus growing in the center

After visiting the Paper Museum in the morning we recognized the papyrus plant growing in the center. It is a nice lookout point - but our stay was short with an ominous... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Brighton
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205 reviews 205 reviews
96 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

A good place to plan to meet up after exploring Ortigia as there is plenty of signage to get you there. looks like a small grotto/pool.

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Aberdeen
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I assume they are going to tidy it all up but in October 2014 other than the oddity of the papyrus growing and the Greek claimed relationship it was pretty shoddy on close inspection.

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Chicago, Illinois
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

After visiting the Paper Museum in the morning we recognized the papyrus plant growing in the center. It is a nice lookout point - but our stay was short with an ominous thunderstorm rolling in.

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Rahway, New Jersey
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103 reviews 103 reviews
35 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We found ourselves stopping by the fountain every day we were in Siracusa, to watch the ducks, geese, and cats that make their homes down there. Yes, down there - the fountain is sunken which makes it unusual! It's tranquil and seems to be somewhat of a meeting spot as there are always a lot of people looking over the... More 

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Palermo, Italy
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It's not very impressive but Ortiga is so small that you can visit this point during your stay there. Just at the side of this place is great spot for sunset. Really worth seeing !

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

These gardens, situated below the surrounding roads, are a pleasant oasis in a busy city. Whilst you could drive here it is easier to walk from the Duomo, maybe 5 minutes away. We thought this was a fountain, based on the name, however it is actually a garden with a pond.

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Amesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The spring/fountain is reached either by walking by the sea along the Foro Vittorio Emanuele II or by walking through the centre of Ortygia via the Piazza Duomo and Via Pompeo Picherali. There is a lovely curved, sloping path around the edge of the spring and the spring is populated by various waterfowl. There are some amazing trees in the... More 

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Boyce, Virginia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

It is things like this that make Sicily such a wonderful place to visit. So much of the ancient Greek mythology touches down at this island. This is much more of a pool than a fountain but it is a wonderful place to sit and relax, contemplate and enjoy just being there.

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Singapore
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12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This place is very easy to locate and is very close to the harbour in Ortygia. We had heard a lot about the famous papiri plant growing here, but found it to be quite ordinary. The only cute thing was the ducks swimming in the pond. There was also a man who was feeding pigeons right out of his hand.... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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194 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This site was very easy to find if you are walking along the port area. They have walled off a pond area and have a statue illustrating the legend of Arethusa. Just over the wall, facing the port, the waters of the spring still flow.

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