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“Cool to see the ancient spring”
Review of Fonte Aretusa

Fonte Aretusa
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Ortigia Evening Walking Tour in Siracuse
Ranked #11 of 148 things to do in Syracuse
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 August 2013

Ducks and trees are in the spring but cool to see it and learn about the history of this ancient spring.

Thank elleg53
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Strip away the history and myth. Ignore the interesting fact of a clear water spring yards from the sea and this is essentially a duck pond with rushes. It is very nice and picturesque and worth strolling by. Do stop and buy a Granita from the shop just beside. As part of a pleasant stroll down the west side of Ortigia this is worthwhile but if you are short for time then feel free to skip.

Thank SimonChristopher23
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Knowing about the romantic legend of this place one might agree that this nymph might have been really beautiful. Its a real lovely place!

1  Thank Ettorevianna
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Ortigia has many attractions, but I was expecting more of Fonte Aretusa. This is just a fresh water spring and a pond in which Papyrus plants grow.

Thank Alfred F
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

This is just a lovely part of Ortigia. It is a spring with very clear water, goldfish, papyrus and ducks.There are all sorts of legends attached to it but it is really just a nice spot. There are two good ice cream shops there!

Thank ScotPerth
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