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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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| Il dio innamorato è ALFEO e non Orfeo, inoltre c'è un errore di battitura nel nome di Artemide., Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Average looking small body of freshwater with fish but kind of green with algae. It's in a nice picturesque area though.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RichardK938
Reviewed 1 week ago

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...

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a freshwater spring is full of fish and in a great location overlooking the bay. Plenty restaurants around Aretusa.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank IAN D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank showmemo61
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful park area beside the sea. It’s a great place to watch people or to sit in the shade near the sea and read. We watched a yacht dock in the marina one afternoon.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank teena1950
Reviewed November 4, 2018

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. It...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ashsaw
Reviewed October 17, 2018

This of course is the reason for the importance and success of Siracusa as a harbour throughout the centuries - fresh water supplies. And a lovely story about a nymph.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

Like many of Siracusa’s ancient sites, the fountain is in a state of decay. It’s size is impressive but better signage and more upkeep would do more to reveal its true glories.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Judy S
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Free--all you can do is look down at it. Lovely shaded park below it. At night, it is popular to look out to the harbor from the overlook right next to it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Manningjen
Reviewed October 5, 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
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Brisbane, Australia
Sicily and Malta 5 days? (4 Replies)
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|
Response frommaryann-ns|
Two nights in Ortigia is just one day. I don't think you can do all you have planned.
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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|
Response fromVagabonda|
Ortigia is compact, so everywhere is easy to reach from everywhere else. November is low season, and so not a bus time. Vagabonda
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March 31, 2016|
Response fromVagabonda|
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