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Fonte Aretusa

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Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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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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A Fresh Water Spring Close To The Shore

This spring, with it''s bed of papyrus, is dedicated to Aretha (a nymph and hand maiden to Diana) and is wound deep in to the history of Ortigia. A nice place to visit an while... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2016
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Belgrade, Serbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a fountain, but a fresh water source and pond. It's pretty big and deep with plants growing from it. Didn't impress me. Much better than it are the views of western Ortigia sea shore. Lots of restaurants and cafes around.

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The Woods
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

This spring, with it''s bed of papyrus, is dedicated to Aretha (a nymph and hand maiden to Diana) and is wound deep in to the history of Ortigia. A nice place to visit an while away a little time, surrounded by cafes and bars for you to relax in.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Interesting story behind the fountain - a man in love with a nymph, who didnt share his feelings, so Zeus therefore transformed her into this fountain and the man into the fresh water spring that runs into it, so that they would always be together... More or less the story... Seems kinda mean of Zeus to force the nymph to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Did not expect this. Was expecting the usual european fountain. If in Ortigia its a nice walk to it and great to see papyrus.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Look up the history of this spring before going to have a look to make sure you have context for this semi-circular water feature. This fresh-water spring is close to the Ionian Sea and used to be up to 200m long. In the middle ages it was confined to the semi-circular pool it is today. Shrouded in mythology and containing... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Sadly the pond has been neglected and really not much to see, except over grown vegetation and a couple of ducks.... Really sad that it has been sooo neglected for such an historic attraction.. The positive is it is a great walk and lots of lovely bars and cafes.

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This source is especially intersting due to its mythological background. Well preseved its papyrus add a special feature and the view from the terrace is beautiful particularly at sunset.

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

It's a pond with ducks that you will pass as you stroll. It's also a meeting place. There is a piazza close by. The B&B we stayed at was Aretusa Vacanze a short walk away.

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Punta del Este, Uruguay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Mythological place, with some rubbish. Should be cleaned more frecuently. Anyway is a very nice walk that you get when you go all around Ortiggia.

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

This little, highly rated well gave fresh water so the settlement on the island of Ortigia could exist. Ortigia is where the city of Syracuse started. It's right on the water now and treated as a very special place. But the large plaza with benches next to it, where one can sit and see the mainland of Syracuse and the... More 

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