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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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Nice area to stay and relax or watch te sea. A little park, a little bit dirty, with the Arethusa statue in centre, but nothing special. The location is great but the fountain itself is average. Maybe we had too great expectations...
This natural fountain is part of Greek Mythology about the nymph Arethusa, patron of ancient Syracuse. We first notice the ducks and sculpture from above, then the sculpture. Above the fountain, benches are a great place to rest in the shade. From the walk below,...More
This fountain is from a spring of fresh water which flows from the sea. A small pond full of fish and where, they say, the only spontaneous papyrus in Europe grows.
Remodelled several times over the centuries, its current form dates back to 1847.
Arethusa’s Pool, at the water edge in Ortygia said to be the reincarnation of a water nymph much in the similar legend of Galatea who was turned into a babbling brook (Acis and Galatea, Polyphemus etc. as in the Handel opera). Just another wonder in...More
HI, We are travelling to Sicily from Australia in early July this year and we were considering staying 4 nights in Sicily and 1 in Malta. I have since changed that to 5 days in Sicily as I think it is a bit rushed. we are considering this itinerary, but would love some feedback. ORIGIN -DESTINATION Rome -Cantania/ Taormina Stay 1 night, day visit and leave in the afternoon and stay Ortigia Taormina -Ortigia Stay 2 nights visit - Fonte Aretusa, Noto, Duomo, Ragusa/Modica Oritiga...More
May 01, 2017|
Two nights in Ortigia is just one day. I don't think you can do all you have planned.
Hi everyone, I'm planning a trip to Taormina (3 nights) and Ortigia (4 nights) in November I know it's a long ways off, but I'm so excited! My husband and I planned a trip to Sicily a year ago that we had to delay, but we're finally going. I found a great apartment for rent in Taormina, but I'm having a really, really difficult time choosing a place in Ortigia -- so many wonderful B&Bs, hotels and apartments. We decided on renting an apartment for the space and value, and we're...More
April 22, 2016|
Ortigia is compact, so everywhere is easy to reach from everywhere else. November is low season, and so not a bus time. Vagabonda
Morristown, New Jersey
Solo Woman Traveling Sicily - Manual Car or Public Transport (6 Replies)
Ciao! I'm an American (NYC) woman who will be traveling solo around Sicily arriving June 9th (Palermo) and departing (Palermo) June 21st. (12 days) 1. I have never driven a manual before and have started taking lessons with friends here in the US with 2 months to go. Shaky confidence with competency by June (it's March). 2. I have a fear of cliffs (heights) and roads with cliffs and no railings (odd I know) 3. I have traveled the world solo, so this isn't the first time at the rodeo,...More
March 31, 2016|
Welcome to Sicily TravelJunkieTellsAll! With shaky confidence, and with all due respect, Sicily isn't the place for your first international attempt with manual, but kudos to you! Fear of cliffs isn't such an odd fear, but still also another reason to consider public transport. Ditch the rental. Unless you hire an automatic, which airport locations provide. If you want leisure and ease instead of stress and chaos, then study the public transport lines and schedules and plan...More