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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 6 days ago

This fountain, very close to the sea, is interesting because it has fresh water and papyri, which are very appreciated since antiquity, grow on it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ciel0a91
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Why would the authority’s of this island allow such a beautiful location to be so unnecessarily polluted.....disgraceful

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Adrian2016Traveller
Reviewed December 5, 2018

Average looking small body of freshwater with fish but kind of green with algae. It's in a nice picturesque area though.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 29, 2018

Nice area to stay and relax or watch te sea. A little park, a little bit dirty, with the Arethusa statue in centre, but nothing special. The location is great but the fountain itself is average. Maybe we had too great expectations...

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 120Roxana
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

This is a freshwater spring is full of fish and in a great location overlooking the bay. Plenty restaurants around Aretusa.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ian_dempster
Reviewed November 12, 2018

This natural fountain is part of Greek Mythology about the nymph Arethusa, patron of ancient Syracuse. We first notice the ducks and sculpture from above, then the sculpture. Above the fountain, benches are a great place to rest in the shade. From the walk below,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank showmemo61
Reviewed November 11, 2018

This is a beautiful park area beside the sea. It’s a great place to watch people or to sit in the shade near the sea and read. We watched a yacht dock in the marina one afternoon.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank teena1950
Reviewed November 4, 2018

This fountain is from a spring of fresh water which flows from the sea. A small pond full of fish and where, they say, the only spontaneous papyrus in Europe grows. Remodelled several times over the centuries, its current form dates back to 1847. It...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ashsaw
Reviewed October 17, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank galloping_grannie
Reviewed October 15, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Judy S
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