The Fountains of Ortigia

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In the center of Siracusa’s Ortigia Island, in Piazza Archimede, is the Fountain of Diana. In 1906, Italian sculptor Giulio Moschetti (1847-1909) designed and constructed the modern, yet Baroque-feeling work featuring the goddess of the hunt, wild animals, moon, and childbirth, i.e. the Roman Diana or Greek Artemis. Also present in the sculpture scene is the nymph Arethusa, a devotee to Diana/Artemis with her own story–and fountain, on the other side of Ortigia. Stand by for Arethusa’s story in a future post. 

(Photo Credit: Experience Sicily’s Evelina Buttitta Rubino)

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