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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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Charming place and lovely sea views

Fonte Aretusa is a charming fountain and a pond with ducks, pigeons and lavish greenery around it. It is named after Greek nymph Aretusa - another Siracusa connection with Ancient... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fonte Aretusa is a charming fountain and a pond with ducks, pigeons and lavish greenery around it. It is named after Greek nymph Aretusa - another Siracusa connection with Ancient Greece. Lovely sea views along the Lungamare with plenty of cafes and restaurants along the way.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

This fountain is related to the founding of the city, given that the small stream was seen as the reason to settle in this area. Beautiful views onto the bay and there are many birds chirping along. The papyrus down there has significance too, and was brought from Egypt to be used to make paper.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

The Arethuse Fountain as nothing special as such. It is a fresh water spring by the seashore. Due to its mythical origin, It inspired poets such as Virgil or Ovide or more recently Milton or D'Annunzio. It is one the many landmarks to be seen on the historic island of Ortygia.

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Thank Christmate11
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

If you are walking around on Ortigia the Fonte Aretusa is just a quick stop on the way. The mythology about it is interesting and the setting is pretty. The reality is that there is not that much to see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is actually a fresh water spring, not a fountain at all. No signage in any language to inform visitors of the history or significance of the spring, nor of the papyrus growing in it. I found much more information from the internet when I got home. Its a large, round pond with some enormous fish swimming about, along with... More 

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Chios, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

A very nice place,always crowded but sure worths visiting it. I started my walking route to explore all interesting things of Ortigia

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Manton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This spring has been famous for 3000 years. It provided a secure water source for the fortified island city of Siracusa, and it watered the ships of Admiral Nelson on his way to Egypt.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Not much to see or do, but lovely to wake up to each morning. For a great view, book an overlooking room, or go to one of the local restaurants.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The first time we looked down into it, the most interesting things were the fish, birds and cats you could see. After a visit to the Paper Museum down the road, we understood we'd been looking at papyrus growing there. So, interesting after you've been to the Museum.

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

I really loved this cheerful and cute corner. Its story, too, is charming. I came when it was raining, then the sun appeared and this Fonte looked like a place from dreams.

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