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Fonte Aretusa, Syracuse

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The sort of place that drives English poets to grab their paper, pen, and ink, Fonte Aretusa has legends galore. A nymph of the same name became the fountain itself, or so they say. The spring itself feeds the Cyane River; the image of freshwater emerging from the ground and soon feeding into the sea fascinated writers like Milton, Pope, and Wordsworth. Papyrus plants grow abundantly in the pond here. Grab an ice cream and spend some time watching the ducks. Plan to visit Fonte Aretusa and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Syracuse attractions using our Syracuse tourist route planner.
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  • The Aretusa fountain with its Papyrus plants surrounded by ducks geese and fish is placed in a unique setting overlooking a glimpse of the sea that gives an idea of how the ancient Greeks were very careful in placing books and things. behind the old plants placed on the square of the waterfront backdrop anticipation of the view of the magnificent source.
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  • Ancient and well maintained, is a source of fresh water on the seashore ... beautiful Papyrus inside
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  • From the Cathedral, on the main street of Syracuse, is the fountain of Aretusa which in ancient times was the most important city water supply and which continues to flow until today.
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  • Beautiful fountain with papyrus and swans, linked with the Greek myth of a nymph that was transformed into the fountain by Artemisia so she could not be raped by Alpheus. Don't miss the park beside it.
  • An amazing place with good food and drinks. The view is amazing.
  • The myth related to the place is charming, but the fountain itself is nothing special
  • Just a pond dedicated to a nymph with some papyrus growing there. Nothing fancy
  • Nice place especially during the evening.