Fontana Aretusa

Fontana Aretusa information

Lonely Planet review

Down the winding main street from the cathedral is this ancient spring, where fresh water still bubbles up just as it did in ancient times when it was the city's main water supply. Legend has it that the goddess Artemis transformed her beautiful handmaiden Aretusa into the spring to protect her from the unwelcome attention of the river god Alpheus.

Now populated by ducks, grey mullet and papyrus plants, the fountain is the place to hang out on summer evenings.