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Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Legend has it that a nymph named Aretusa, who was one of the Nereids of...

Legend has it that a nymph named Aretusa, who was one of the Nereids of Greece, fled to Sicily after the river-god Alpheus fell in love with her, but was then changed into a fountain (the Fonte Aretusa) by

Artemis.

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Pretty Fountain

This lovely fountain will provide you with lots of photo ops. Maybe a little too much traffic to make it a perfect spot.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This lovely fountain will provide you with lots of photo ops. Maybe a little too much traffic to make it a perfect spot.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 fountain located next the sea with wild papyrus plants, fish and birds. Its location provides for a great viewpoint and good photo op.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

... it was a nice place to sit and chill - but can walk from there along the sea front up to the castle - is a nice walk at sunset

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

charming fountain with papyrus growing vigorously. great place for a picture before a stroll on the lungomare

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Bucharest (Romania)
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Fonte Aretusa is a small lake with fresh water near the sea, with some fishes and birds. Nothing interesting or spectacular.

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Thank Sorin D
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Situated along the seafront this fountain is a freshwater Spring - once much bigger, and with a mythogival background. Watch out for mosquitos!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The fountain possesses an interesting bit of Greek mythology, but not very scenic. The ancient temple looked intriguing. As other posters mentioned, there are a few ducks and exotic plants. It's right by the sea so a stroll after seeing it seemed in order.

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Novi Sad, Serbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Well worth seeing the papyrus plant and hearing the legend about the fountain's origin. Nice square around it too.

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Thank Olgica2015
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Expected more informations around. Little pond with fishes, papyrus and one duck. A few photos and move on.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Pretty stop along the way of a stroll of the beautiful and magical island of Ortygia. They myth is interesting.

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