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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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Arethusa’s Pool, at the water edge in Ortygia said to be the reincarnation of a water nymph much in the similar legend of Galatea who was turned into a babbling brook (Acis and Galatea, Polyphemus etc. as in the Handel opera). Just another wonder in...More
It would be very easy to miss this site as you approach it on a level elevated above its base and it is not well signed. However, once you have found it, observing from above may be the best way to appreciate it.
After walking through the beautiful old streets of Ortigia and admiring the various details, you finally arrive to the sea. First you can see this fountain, an architectural jewel that takes your eyes of the sea.