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Fonte Aretusa, Syracuse

Categories: Fountains, Tourist Spots
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3.1/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
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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  • Arethusa was one of the nymphs of Diana, Goddess of the hunt. Was beautiful, one day walked away from other maids in the wake of Diana and arrived alone in front of the banks of the river Alpheus, waters. It was a hot day and the nymph he wanted to take a bath. Arethusa took off his clothes, he leaned over a tree and plunged. The water around her began to tingle and forming of eddies dancing almost as if that water want Petting and wrap them. Troubled by these feelings he tried to get out of the water, but it was during that time that the river Alpheus turned into a handsome young blond, lifting his head out of the water and especially the dense foliage, he showed himself to the nymph Arethusa, through the eyes of a lover. The nymph, however, taken from the break managed to disengage and to reach the shore. Alphaeus with a bound he was released from his River and pursued her. This series lasted a lot and Alphaeus was unable at first to reach the nymph. Arethusa began to tire and realized that the forces were not. She felt that she was about to reach it and violate it, Joanne was a Virgin wilderness and demure and she had never known love. Arethusa, for fear of being reached overwhelmed and desecrated, Diana, invoking protection of churches being converted into spring in a place possibly very far from Greece. Diana first wrapped in a mysterious fog and hid at the sight of Alpheus, then changed into a spring and took her, as in a strange spell, Syracuse in Sicily near the island of Ortigia. Alfeo lost sight of its beautiful nymph, but continued to look for her. When the fog cleared, he saw only in a mirror a source of gushing water and surrounded by a wonderful garden. Alfeo understood the Prodigy and was so in love with that overflowed with love. The gods had pity and Jupiter Almighty allowed him to reach his beloved, but Alpheus was forced to make a great effort, he dug a cellar under the Ionian Sea and from the Peloponnese came to emerge in the Grand Harbour of Syracuse, next to his beautiful beloved: Arethusa. Together they lived happily forever. "
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  • history of the fountain and certainly very nice, but not great thing to see, but it's good we pass it's free
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  • This fountain is a mythology. c is a stretch of water with fish and very large and majestic papyrus. The interest is that it is well placed to the waterfront with restaurants in the historic district.
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