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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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  • A pond with fish and geese, closed to the public from a railing, watchable only from above, at which it is impossible to stop if not standing so impractical. Exploited sick.
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  • This is one of the places to visit. As a layman, the myth of the Aretuzie I had a refresh before you visit in Syracuse, but it was enough to feel a certain atmosphere. Of course it is not dazzled a particular appearance: just overgrown Papyri, pond, but this context.
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  • Legend has it if you throw flowers into the Alfeios River in Greece, they will eventually emerge here at the Fonte Aretusa in Sicily - visitors throw a range of items into the Spring fed fountain - an...  more »