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Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria)

Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Take a peak at this "shameful" fountain, one of Palermo's revealing attractions.
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  • Average7%
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“lovely fountain” (11 reviews)
“nude statues” (11 reviews)
“metal fence” (3 reviews)
Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy

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Reviewed 5 days ago

During our stay in Palermo on a guided tour, our guide mentioned the history of this fountain that was built during a very conservative time in Sicily. Not only is this fountain breathtaking but equally beautiful with their nude male and female statues. I recommend...More

Thank DaveL300
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just the thought of the history in this place and the stories, give me goose bumps! Do yourself a favor and visit this place enjoy!

Thank Carmela D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this gorgeous fountain as we walked along the Via Maqueda. It is a very busy area filled with tourists most every day. There are horse drawn carriages that you can rent for a very nice ride to see area located right on the...More

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fontana della Vergogna not as beautiful as the Fontana di Trevi in Rome but as near as nice. Can't miss !

Thank Straccoligno
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Situated in the center of the historic area of Palermo, it attracts a lot of tourists. With it's interesting history and a lot of statues that are part of this monumental peace one can spend an hour easily just observing, and taking pictures of it....More

Thank Branka V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The amount of sculptures on this fountain are incredible. Just layer above layer. Rich content not seen on many fountains. Well worth the time to check it out.

Thank taftdev
Reviewed 3 December 2017

With Florentine origins, the Praetorian Fountain is a colossal fountain sculpture complex located in the heart of the historic center. Constructed by Francesco Camilliani in Florence during 1554, it was transported to Palermo 20 years later. Hard economic times had fallen on the Florentine family,...More

Thank DeanMurphy2020
Reviewed 29 November 2017

Lots of figures in this plaza. The buildings housed a convent which was confiscated when the fountain was sold to the city. originally built in Florence it was sold and moved to Palermo. It is also called the Piazza della Vergogna" (Square of Shame).Based on...More

Thank Bear H
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Its a fountain, in a square. It has marble statues and various carvings. Its quite pretty, so worth seeking out

Thank Stuart_Donald
Reviewed 21 November 2017

This was one of my favourite squares in Palermo as it just told so many centuries of story with the external palaces that surround the shameful fountain originally designed for Florence then dismantled and transferred to Palermo

Thank Linda S
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