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Fonte Aretusa, Syracuse

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Fountain Tourist Spot
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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  • In the photograph, behind the curved wall on the sea front is a deep pool and natural freshwater spring - so unusual so close to the sea. Extremely useful to sailors watering their ships - Nelson wate...  more »
  • I do not know why people find the fountain a nice spot. It's busy, there too much traffic around and it's just a pond with some water in it. The story in my guide book was nice, but I do not know why ...  more »
  • This is worth seeing for the historical significance as the fountain is mentioned in ancient Greek texts. There are papyrus growing in the fountain as well as fish and birds. Nice location-- very scen...  more »
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  • Well. The Font is nothing special to looking forward to. But the area around is quite neat. Strolling the quai down is a well worth thing to do. Then you pass the font and take a look at it.
  • Beautiful freshwater spring on the edge of the island outflowing into the Ionian sea. Lovely myth to go along with the beauty of the spring.
  • It's just such a beautiful location good food drinks for all pockets.
  • 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.
  • Nice fontain in beautyful square.