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Fonte Aretusa

| 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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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 January 14, 2017

Fontain of Arethusa is in the historical centre of Ortygia. The legend says, that the fresh water fountain is the place where nymph Arethusa returned to the earth, after escaping from her undersea home.

1  Thank Barbara M
Reviewed January 2, 2017

This sizeable fresh-water fountain on the edge of the sea was the main source of water for the earliest Greek colonists in the 730s BC. It is the focal point of the island and all visitors go there.

1  Thank Methymna
Reviewed December 3, 2016

This lovely fountain will provide you with lots of photo ops. Maybe a little too much traffic to make it a perfect spot.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed November 12, 2016

It is unfortunate that to go close to the sculpture of Arethusa and the fountain you need to buy a ticket (which we didn't) for the contiguous Syracuse museum. This is a very nice natural spring water fountain located next the sea with wild papyrus...More

Thank Joseph G
Reviewed October 24, 2016

... it was a nice place to sit and chill - but can walk from there along the sea front up to the castle - is a nice walk at sunset

Thank iceland_poppy
Reviewed October 24, 2016

charming fountain with papyrus growing vigorously. great place for a picture before a stroll on the lungomare

Thank 0ldgirl
Reviewed October 13, 2016

Fonte Aretusa is a small lake with fresh water near the sea, with some fishes and birds. Nothing interesting or spectacular.

Thank Sorin D
Reviewed October 12, 2016

Situated along the seafront this fountain is a freshwater Spring - once much bigger, and with a mythogival background. Watch out for mosquitos!

Thank SimplyFred
Reviewed October 11, 2016

The fountain possesses an interesting bit of Greek mythology, but not very scenic. The ancient temple looked intriguing. As other posters mentioned, there are a few ducks and exotic plants. It's right by the sea so a stroll after seeing it seemed in order.

Thank neuronell
Reviewed September 30, 2016

Well worth seeing the papyrus plant and hearing the legend about the fountain's origin. Nice square around it too.

Thank Olgica2015
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