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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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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...
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
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.