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Piazza Pretoria

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Address: Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This grand square features a splendid fountain, erected during the heyday...
This grand square features a splendid fountain, erected during the heyday of the Spanish Inquisition, which features sixteen statues that are nudes of nymphs, humans, mermaids and satyrs; truly a surprise that this type of art was permitted during that dark time in history.
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Mildly interesting square. A few historic buildings around a pretty fountain. Won't take up much of your time and like most everything else in the city it's free.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Fringed by imposing churches and buildings, this piazza is visually dominated by the over-the-top Fontana Pretoria, one of Palermo's major landmarks. The fountain's tiered basins ripple out in concentric circles, crowded with nude nymphs, tritons and leaping river gods. Such flagrant nudity proved a bit much for Sicilian churchgoers, who prudishly dubbed it the Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of Shame).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

Mildly interesting square. A few historic buildings around a pretty fountain. Won't take up much of your time and like most everything else in the city it's free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A nice square with a big fountain. Worth to pass by and visit. Take some photos. Nice scene with the backdrop of a big church. this is in the centre of Palermo old town centre.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Not really a lot here but a huge statue/ fountain made it worth a look. Not necessarily worth seeking out particularly but sure to come across it on your walks

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Palermo is a beautiful historic town full of charm and character. We parked on the outskirts, just inside the city gates used a map to do our own half day walking tour taking in, Piazza Normand, Piazza Della Vittoria, Palermo Catherdral, Piazza Pretoria, Piazza Bellini and Teatro Massimo. We were there on a Sunday which was so quiet and did... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I could have just stood there admiring this Piazza for hours...there was something so serene about it to me...spacious...nostalgic..beautiful.Should not be missed if in Palermo...You will take some lovely photos as well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

It was an amazing! this place is full of history and you must see it! it is not far from the Train Station)) but beware of the Palermo's smell!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Imposing fountain fills this piazza with interesting buildings surrounding same…worth a photo or two !

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

In the Piazza Pretoria is located the Fontana Pretoria. This fountain was designed in 1552 for a Florentine villa and later installed here. Because of the nude statues, it was called the "fountain of shame". Very attractive fountain that fills the space of the piazza well. Several locations to get different views and pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

very close, around the corner from the four corners of Palermo,(Quattro) really detailed figurines and statues, I was just in awe of the area, when the rains came and we where soaked and no cabs, finally a cab, we have no control of the weather. I think it's a must see

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