Fountain of Arethusa

Local nameFonte Aretusa
LocationSicily, Italy

The Fountain of Arethusa 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 ancient Syracuse, returned to earth's surface after escaping from her undersea home in Arcadia.The fountain is mentioned in a number of works of literature, for instance John Milton’s pastoral elegy Lycidas and his masque Arcades, as well as Alexander Pope’s satire The Dunciad and William Wordsworth's blank verse poem The Prelude. These writers would have known the fountain from references in ancient Roman and Greek sources, such as Virgil's 10th Eclogue and Theocritus' pastoral poem Idylls.

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Address 1 Largo Aretusa, Ortigia 96100, Italy

Coordinates 37°3'26.24" N 15°17'34.462" E

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