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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.
There is no need to go out of your way to see the fountain. If you are in Ortigia more than a couple of hours you will find it quite naturally. It has a storied past and is a circular pond that is spring fed....More
Locals and tourists tend to congregate around the Fonte Aretusa. So, for me, the biggest attraction is people watching. The fountain itself is nice, but, not something that I would recommend going out of your way to see.
Lovely broadwalk below the town of oritagia. Lots of vendors in the tourist season but in Feb/March enjoyed by the locals and tourists. Runs to the coast guard station and then to the aquarium and the fountain of argues beyond. Lovely stroll but a real...More