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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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Symbol of Ortigia

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... read more

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

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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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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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italy
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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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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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Boynton Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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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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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Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Syracuse  >  Syracuse

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