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Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

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


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Fountain of mythology

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.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Michael L
Holon, Israel
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Holon, Israel
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Located next to the seafront and at the end of the Ortigia marina area, this is a freshwater fountain apparently fed by tunnels and pipes that run under the town. There is a very nice vantage point in a plaza above the fountain and there are lots of cafes and restaurants in the immediate area. Other historical points and places... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

There are several cafes adjacent to the spot, it's a bit of a landmark as it's easy to find when you get lost in Ortigia. Comes with all,the mythology and is near the aquarium and the waterfront

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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Visit the place by day and by night and read its legends. Visit also the little sandy beach nearby it.

Thank AlexPopescu
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

Legend has it if you throw flowers into the Alfeios River in Greece, they will eventually emerge here at the Fonte Aretusa in Sicily - visitors throw a range of items into the Spring fed fountain - and there are a number of large fish swimming around in the pond it forms at the base of the Ortigia promentory. One... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

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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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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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 

Thank Joseph G

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