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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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  • It is unfortunate that to go close to the sculpture of Arethusa and the fountain you need to buy a ticket (which we didn't) for the contiguous Syracuse museum. This is a very nice natural spring water...  more »
  • There is a small pond, which is located on the beach. Because of the myths and also visit the tangled episode one just gave attention for a moment while walking the beach is the place to go. Papyrus is a unique tree planted.
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  • Walking around Ortigia you come across this source of fresh water that the myth wants to be just Arethusa turned into source by the goddess Artemis. All in all it would be nice to go down but we must be satisfied to observe from above the source bordered by the papyri ...
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