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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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Pretty Fountain

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 December 2016
Thomas V
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Oakland, California
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 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 plants, fish and birds. Its location provides for a great viewpoint and good photo op.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 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

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

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

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Bucharest (Romania)
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

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

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

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

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 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.

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Novi Sad, Serbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

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

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