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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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  • Average22%
  • Poor6%
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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 2 weeks ago

Fonte Aretusa is truly amazing place to visit in Ortigia. It is a beautiful place in a beautiful city with a beautiful sea view.

Thank Marijana P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is having a great sea view, but there is nothing great to see about the particular place. I don´t know if it is good to see in evening? The fountain has few fishes.

Thank Nikit_Deshmukh
Reviewed 5 July 2017

It's a nice fountain in the middle of the old city, but the area is marred by traffic, one of the few places in the old city where you will find any amount of traffic. Still it's pleasant.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 9 June 2017

In the photograph, behind the curved wall on the sea front is a deep pool and natural freshwater spring - so unusual so close to the sea. Extremely useful to sailors watering their ships - Nelson watered his entire fleet from this small spring before...More

Thank AlexandraKP
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

I do not know why people find the fountain a nice spot. It's busy, there too much traffic around and it's just a pond with some water in it. The story in my guide book was nice, but I do not know why people keep...More

Thank marleencornelio
Reviewed 16 May 2017

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.

2  Thank jwkeebs
Reviewed 8 May 2017

This is a busy area of Ortigia. We enjoyed stopping to watch the huge fish and unusual birds flying around the trees and papyrus

1  Thank Teresa N
Reviewed 26 April 2017

This spring is located in a very nice place, just next to the sea. In the pond, there are many fish and also some papyrus plants growing. The latter give this pond a very unique look. But it is worth reading also the story of...More

Thank pajulankustaa
Reviewed 20 April 2017

It not really fountain but rather spring of natural water with nice sculpture of Aretusa and chased her Alpheus ,comfortable place to rest near seafront and remind Greek mythology.

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Part of the history of Syracuse this very different 'fountain' is freshwater enclosed by historic masonry adjacent to the seafront and populated by ducks and fish.

Thank Michael S
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