Fonte Aretusa
Fonte Aretusa
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Today the myth of Alfeo and Aretusa lives on in the heart of the island of Ortigia in a pool of fresh water, home to papyrus and ducks, that flows into the salty waters of the Great Harbour of Siracus.
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Leif B
Pietarsaari, Finland2,972 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
On our guided tour our guide pointed also out this natural spring on the island of Ortygia and the told us about the myth of the nymph Arethusa. The Fountain of Arethusa is a natural spring on the island of Ortygia in the historical centre of the city of Syracuse in Sicily. According to Greek mythology, this freshwater fountain is the place where the nymph Arethusa, the patron figure of ancient Syracuse, returned to earth's surface after escaping from her undersea home in Arcadia.
Written June 5, 2023
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Robert Stalker
Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Masha and Stefano are two of the best tour guides that I have ever encountered along with Enrico Bonamano in Venice. They love their islands and their enthusiasm is infectious and contagious. They weave the ancient legends into their narrative with considerable expertise.
Written November 4, 2021
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,050 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The myth/legend is a bit complicated, but in short, this is where nymph Arethusa escaped underground captivity and bubbled up to the surface as a freshwater spring. In her escape, she traveled underground from Arcadia in Greece to this point. A legend of the period, still told in Sicily today, is that a wooden cup tossed into the River Alpheius in Greece will reappear in the Fountain of Arethusa in Syracuse.

The papyrus plants are unusual in Europe. The basin is full of plants and fish, the ducks add interest.
Written August 4, 2021
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Sasha K
Petah Tiqwa, Israel422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Fonte Aretusa, a fresh water spring, spring on the island of Ortigia.
Arethusa was the name of one of the nymphs-companions of Artemis. One day, a beautiful nymph bathed after hunting in the waters of the Alpheus River. The river god fell in love with Aretuza and rushed after her in the form of a devil. To save Arethusa from Alpheus, Artemis turned her into an underground river. However, Alpheus, in turn, also turned to the gods with a request to allow him to unite with his beloved. The celestials helped the impressionable lover and returned him to his former appearance. Since then, the waters of the two rivers meet on the island of Ortigia - exactly in the place called the source of Arethusa.
According to mythology, it is the place where the nymph Arethusa, the patroness of Syracuse, returned to the surface of the Earth after escaping from her underwater home in Arcadia.
One of the most visited places in Syracuse.
The Arethusa Fountain is considered one of the symbols of the city.
It's better to get there at sunset. The view is beautiful!
Written April 23, 2024
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This famous water is south of the cathedral by the sea. It has an interesting mythological story about the river god and a sea nymph, Aretusa. We walked there and saw the swimming ducks, gray mullets and papyrus plants. It’s worth some photos.
Written February 21, 2023
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,761 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
According to the tour guide we used for planing our trip to Sicily, the Aretusa fountain was a very nice place to visit.
"The greater the expectations are, the greater is the disappointment." A neglected and untreated site, wild and untreated watery vegetation, muddy and polluted water, a few fish and two or three poor ducks. If your time is precious to you, I recommend, skip this site and do not waste your time on it.
Written July 25, 2019
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Alexandra O
Zilina Region, Slovakia81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
just in the port, near oceanium, so you cannot miss it. there is small lake and park where you can relax
Written August 9, 2018
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Vincent M
IJsselstein, The Netherlands74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Looking down on the green vegetation and fish in the water, I realize that the plants I see are the rare papyrus plants. Apparently only still found here, besides Palestine and Egypt.
Written July 23, 2018
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jwkeebs
Lansdale, PA113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This is worth seeing for the historical significance as the fountain is mentioned in ancient Greek texts. There are papyrus growing in the fountain as well as fish and birds. Nice location-- very scenic view of the harbor.
Written May 16, 2017
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dunedintraveller
New Zealand42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016
Don't bother going to the aquarium. The entry fee is 8 Euros and it takes about 5 minutes to see it all. And it is full of mosquitoes
Written September 26, 2016
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