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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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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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Kent, United Kingdom
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111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This is nothing special, if you are in Ortigia for several days no doubt you will walk by more than once and enjoy the surroundings. If you are here for the day, then do not make a special trip to this spot, enjoy it if you stumble upon it but there are so many other parts of Ortigia to see.... More 

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Boca
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610 reviews
161 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Maybe I missed the boat with this one but it ain't worth a detour. It is , however, somewhat interesting.

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Stramproy, Limburg, Netherlands
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25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

No more than a big hole in the ground, some might say. But it's a place of mystery, with sweet water flowing, ducks and fish swimming and perhaps the odd greek mythological figure too.

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London, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Surrounded by camera-clicking tourists at all times, nonetheless an interesting site/sight: a freshwater fountain beside the water of the bay, it takes on extra resonance if you can imagine the story of Apollo and Arethusa. And notice the papyrus, which I'd not seen before.

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Brighton
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112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 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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81 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 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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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Address: Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Syracuse  >  Syracuse

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