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Piazza Pretoria

Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
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Ranked #41 of 162 Attractions in Palermo
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This grand square features a splendid fountain, erected during the heyday of the Spanish Inquisition, which features sixteen statues that are nudes of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Athens
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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
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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Melbourne, Australia
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135 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
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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The Villages, Florida
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172 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
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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Oldsmar, Florida
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30 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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Valencia, Spain
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This area is very pleasant and calm but is only one step away from the frenetic city activity. It is well worth a visit.

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Hampshire, UK
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This square, just off the Quattro Canti (4 corners) seems to be the epicentre of sightseeing in historic Palermo, most walks start/end here as do the horse drawn carriage rides. However in August 2012 it was covered in scaffolding and didnt look that great! I've given it a 4 rating as I think the area its in and whats underneath... More

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Malahide, Ireland
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Lovely square with Fontana Pretoria , near Quattro Canti and Chiesa di S.Cataldo

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