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Fonte Aretusa

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #24 of 62 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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Palermo, Italy
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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64 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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172 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 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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4 helpful votes 4 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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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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29 helpful votes 29 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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