Fonte Aretusa
Fonte Aretusa
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Today the myth of Alfeo and Aretusa lives on in the heart of the island of Ortigia in a pool of fresh water, home to papyrus and ducks, that flows into the salty waters of the Great Harbour of Siracus.
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Friends
An interesting freshwater spring in close proximity to the sea. Most interesting are the free-growing papyri, which I do not think can be seen anywhere else in Europe outside of Syracuse
Written 8 July 2024
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Matthew P
London, UK5,995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Couples
A lovely little tranquil place among the tourist chaos above. Loads of fish swimming and ducks that nest there. You cannot get down to the waters edge as the gate was locked. You can see the spring bubbling up and keeping the water fresh. Lovely place to while away a few minutes.
Written 5 July 2024
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Alberto D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
One of the best spots in the Ortigia island. It is literally a little garden by the sea. Somehow there is like little beach with seats.
Written 1 June 2024
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Seeking True Quality
Europe4,846 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The Fonte Aretusa is a freshwater lake on the island of Ortygia only a few meters from the Ionian Sea. This lake is fed by a natural spring and we were surprised to see the plant papyrus growing there! This lake is one of the only three places in Europe where the papyrus grows. The other two are also on the east coast of Sicily, near Catania and south of Syracuse.
The spring was named after the nymph Arethusa who was chased by the river god Alpheus. She was trying to flee because she wanted to preserve her chastity as a priestess of Arthemis. Arethusa prayed to the goddess and Arthemis helped her by transforming her into an underground stream that appeared as a spring on the island of Ortygia. But Alpheus found her and followed her!
Written 28 April 2024
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Sasha K
Petah Tiqwa, Israel422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Solo
Fonte Aretusa, a fresh water spring, spring on the island of Ortigia.
Arethusa was the name of one of the nymphs-companions of Artemis. One day, a beautiful nymph bathed after hunting in the waters of the Alpheus River. The river god fell in love with Aretuza and rushed after her in the form of a devil. To save Arethusa from Alpheus, Artemis turned her into an underground river. However, Alpheus, in turn, also turned to the gods with a request to allow him to unite with his beloved. The celestials helped the impressionable lover and returned him to his former appearance. Since then, the waters of the two rivers meet on the island of Ortigia - exactly in the place called the source of Arethusa.
According to mythology, it is the place where the nymph Arethusa, the patroness of Syracuse, returned to the surface of the Earth after escaping from her underwater home in Arcadia.
One of the most visited places in Syracuse.
The Arethusa Fountain is considered one of the symbols of the city.
It's better to get there at sunset. The view is beautiful!
Written 23 April 2024
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Ana V
Eugene, OR654 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Come here for great views and to see a natural spring which holds fish and ducks. There are beautiful Papyrus plants in the middle.
Written 15 April 2024
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Carlos L.
Palm Desert, CA1,876 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
Fountain by ocean that has wonderful story. It is a fountain that is fed by an underground spring. the beautiful story of love or mythical stalking depending on your perspective. The story goes that Aretusa , a nymph who had sworn her allegiance and chastity to the Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, took a swim in a Greek stream. While in the water, she felt something beneath her and it turns out it was the river god move beneath her. Turns out, it was the river god Alpheus. He became smitten with her due to the encounter and chased her. Aretusa sought Artemis help to escape him and artemis transformed her into a fresh water spring that flowed from Greece that through underground source flowed into the Ionian Sea to Sicily emerging in Ortigia. Alpheus being water as merged with the spring Aretusa and so they became eternally intertwined. the Legend is states that if you throw flowers into the Alfeios River in Greece they will eventually emerge in Ortigia at this fountain Well, Alfeo, being water too, seeking his love, merged with the spring Aretusa. So, the two are eternally intertwined. Legend is that if you throw flowers into the Alfeios River in Greece, they will eventually emerge in Ortigia at this very fountain

It is a beautiful tale and beautiful spot to take in and enjoy how beautiful Ortigia is.
Written 9 July 2023
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Travel R
Rochester, MN2,028 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
Interesting history, but you would never know just walking buy. The history is ancient to questionable, but believable given the importance of drinkable water.
Written 8 July 2023
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Antonia Niz
Karditsa, Greece2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Friends
Syrakouses was a really amazing place to visit if you are in Sicily just recommended for sure 😁😊😁 !!!!!!? Walk walk around is really amazing place 😊
Written 26 June 2023
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Leif B
Pietarsaari, Finland2,972 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
On our guided tour our guide pointed also out this natural spring on the island of Ortygia and the told us about the myth of the nymph Arethusa. The Fountain of Arethusa is a natural spring on the island of Ortygia in the historical centre of the city of Syracuse in Sicily. According to Greek mythology, this freshwater fountain is the place where the nymph Arethusa, the patron figure of ancient Syracuse, returned to earth's surface after escaping from her undersea home in Arcadia.
Written 5 June 2023
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