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Fonte Aretusa, Syracuse

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Fountain · Tourist Spot
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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  • When we came here (twice at different times) the gate was shut... but you still get a great view from above. This area is great to stroll around at sunset and get an aperatif at a nearby bar looking.....  more »
  • If you pay attention, you can see that papyro still grows there. Very interesting. At night, there is a light show there (with tickets).  more »
  • Not something remarkable or worth going out of your way to see.
  • The fountain + the park near by with beautiful trees

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