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Fonte Aretusa

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #24 of 60 attractions in Syracuse
Type: Fountains
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Amesbury, United Kingdom
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188 reviews 188 reviews
61 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
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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8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Indore, India
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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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171 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 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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Long Island, NY
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

A fresh water spring just a few feet above the salt water of the Porto Grande, planted with papyrus plants.

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England
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18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

A beautiful, unusual fountain--more like a little pond--in Ortigia. It's worth stopping for if you're already there.

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Tucson, Arizona
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Ducks and trees are in the spring but cool to see it and learn about the history of this ancient spring.

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Bathurst, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Ducks, fish and papyrus in a boring pond. I simply could not see what the fuss was about. At first I walked past it, noticed it, and continued walking in search of the legendary Fonte Aretusa. Not worth the effort.

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london
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Strip away the history and myth. Ignore the interesting fact of a clear water spring yards from the sea and this is essentially a duck pond with rushes. It is very nice and picturesque and worth strolling by. Do stop and buy a Granita from the shop just beside. As part of a pleasant stroll down the west side of... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Knowing about the romantic legend of this place one might agree that this nymph might have been really beautiful. Its a real lovely place!

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