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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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just a spring, but...

This unassuming spring has been there and used and loved for over 2000 years. To me, it does not mean much (apart from a good place to take in the see views and watch the locals... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This unassuming spring has been there and used and loved for over 2000 years. To me, it does not mean much (apart from a good place to take in the see views and watch the locals), but I am sure it dear to the heart of the people of Ortigia, and as such it needs to be respected.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Interesting Fonte named after the Nereid Aretusa pursued by Alpheius. She was changed in to this fresh water spring by Artimis just next to the sea. Not difficult to find or miss and there is a aquarium next to it.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is where the papyrus grows.It is also a meeting place for many people.Surrounded by bars and reataurants it is lively and fun of a nighttime.Underneath is an aquarium.Siracusa is a wonderful town...not to be missed!

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This was well worth finding: springs feeding a freshwater pool right next to the sea. Ducks, fish, tortoises and lots of photo opportunities. By visiting the nearby aquarium you can get to pool level and walk around at water level too. A serene spot but lots of visitors during most of the day.

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Montreux, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If you go to Siracusa, no way you will not be indicated to visit the Fountain of Aretusa! Thousands of tourists and locals are passing by every day! Situated near the sea, it is one of the major attractions of the island of Ortigia!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

One of those landmarks that has lost its meaning for midern eyes, but u really loved the olace - fountain is the reason whole city is here in the first place. See how water runs to the bay on the other side, where elderly fishers clean their freshly scavaged mussels on fresh water, like clean themsleves swimmers from the boats... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This ancient well excerted a special pull on me when I first saw it. You can really sense the millennia here at this strange place. All that fresh water welling up century after century, the planted papyrus and the fish swimming about, if there ever was a sanctuary where an ancient God would abide it would surely be here! I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Located in the south of Ortigia island the fountain is nice but definitely not worth a special detour. If you are wondering around the island on foot like we were then as you pass it is a nice little stop. The surroundings are nice and the history interesting however.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

It is just a fountain but the particular position, the presence of papyrus plants and the link with the originis of the city makes it an unmissable visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

You come across it in the middle of Ortygia, the "island joined by a bridge" to the rest of Syracuse. Ortygia may be full of history, but most is less ancient than this natural spring, now encased by elegant stonework, and shaded by trees. Even the family of ducks happily paddling across the surface of the pool didn't dispel the... More 

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