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Fontana naturale a Ortigia The Fountain of Arethusa (Italian: Fonte Aretusa) is a natural fountain on the island of Ortygia in the historical centre of the city of Syracuse in Sicily. According to Greek mythology, the fresh water fountain is the place where the nymph Arethusa, the patron figure of…
The myth tells that Arethusa begged the godess Athena to be trasformed into a fountain in order to escape Alfeo, who - terribly in love - was following her. Now the waters of the river Alfeo flow into the fountain Arethusa, which is commonly known as "Fontana delle Papere" (Ducks' Fountain). Here,…
the Fonte Aretusa (on the western shore) is a fresh-water spring whose history goes back to the earliest Greek colonists.