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In this unspoiled and sun-drenched corner of southern Italy, families can achieve the summer vacation trifecta of high culture, great food, and truly relaxing beach time—and make sightseeing, especially with little ones, feel serendipitous rather than onerous. Traveler Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán recently explored the region with her own family, and came home with a glowing review.

In this unspoiled and sun-drenched corner of southern Italy, families can achieve the summer vacation trifecta of high culture, great food, and truly relaxing beach time—and make sightseeing, especially with little ones, feel serendipitous rather than onerous. Traveler Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán recently explored the region with her own family, and came home with a glowing review.

La Porta marina, Siracusa, Sicily

La Porta marina, Siracusa, Sicily

Arethusa Fountain. Open Space. Always open. A 1000-year-old natural freshwater spring on the waterfront. 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. Undeterred and unwilling to be apart from her, Alpheus jumped into the pool. Now populated by ducks, grey mullet and papyrus plants, the fountain is a popular spot for Syracusans during their eveneing stroll.

Arethusa Fountain. Open Space. Always open. A 1000-year-old natural freshwater spring on the waterfront. 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. Undeterred and unwilling to be apart from her, Alpheus jumped into the pool. Now populated by ducks, grey mullet and papyrus plants, the fountain is a popular spot for Syracusans during their eveneing stroll.

Interior Dialogues: Michael Eastman's Havana series on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery from 12 February.    www.aestheticamagazine.com

Interior Dialogues: Michael Eastman's Havana series on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery from 12 February. www.aestheticamagazine.com

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