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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice, with the papyrus plants, the fish and the ducks, but it's not really a fountain; at least, I expected something else.

Thank Liliana36
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fonte is indeed beautiful. The water is clear and loaded with fish, eels and papyrus plants. Beautiful white swans grace it too. This was a nice place to stop for a rest.

Thank Robert V
Reviewed June 16, 2018

This is a "fountain", or more of a pond with papyrus growing in it, that you'll come across while exploring Ortigia. You won't need more than a few minutes.

Thank L3K
Reviewed June 3, 2018

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

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Reviewed June 1, 2018

Not bad; nothing so important that I would have felt bad if we'd missed it. It is less of a "thing to do" and more of a site that adds to the character of Ortigia.

Thank babapalooza
Reviewed May 25, 2018 via mobile

Walk through town to find this place.Nothing much in itself,bit by the sea and a lovely promenade along the front,going both ways.

Thank cycleplus1
Reviewed May 22, 2018

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.

Thank Bill A
Reviewed March 6, 2018

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

Thank sybil007
Reviewed February 13, 2018

Easily reached by walking through the ancient island town. This fountain is viewed from above, ducks and plants grow at sea level. A rare sight is the Papyrus that has grown there for many centuries.

Thank David T
Reviewed December 25, 2017

This fresh water spring is at the heart of Siracusa. Every tourist visiting Ortigia will gravitate to this remarkable and beautiful site.

Thank Methymna
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