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. Arrange to visit Fonte Aretusa and other attractions in Syracuse using our Syracuse trip planner .
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  • I didn't really get what this was until we walked through the winding roads and came out to this vista.  more »
  • Even though I had imagined something more, the Aretusa is definitely worth visiting during your visit in Ortigia
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  • Interesting legend of this source of fresh water, which can be seen on a walk to Ortigia
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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.

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