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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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| 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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This of course is the reason for the importance and success of Siracusa as a harbour throughout the centuries - fresh water supplies. And a lovely story about a nymph.

Thank galloping_grannie
Reviewed 2 days ago

Like many of Siracusa’s ancient sites, the fountain is in a state of decay. It’s size is impressive but better signage and more upkeep would do more to reveal its true glories.

Thank Judy S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Free--all you can do is look down at it. Lovely shaded park below it. At night, it is popular to look out to the harbor from the overlook right next to it.

Thank Manningjen
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank OLDGIT71
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Guy L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fonte Aretusa 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.

Thank Anfrist
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking down onto the Fonte Aretusa, you can see fish and ducks. There's a really nice square with some benches and good views of the sea nearby. A perfect rest stop!

Thank JGandIG
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Small fresh water pond with an abundance of fish and some papyrus plants. There are lovely views across the harbour and it's very picturesque but not much else.

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Reviewed August 9, 2018

just in the port, near oceanium, so you cannot miss it. there is small lake and park where you can relax

Thank Alexandra O
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

Looking down on the green vegetation and fish in the water, I realize that the plants I see are the rare papyrus plants. Apparently only still found here, besides Palestine and Egypt.

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