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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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  • 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...  more »
  • Looks like you have stepped back in time. especially in the evening you can breathe a magic atmosphere. Recommended
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  • 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  more »