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Piazza Pretoria

Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
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Ranked #40 of 155 attractions in Palermo
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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Athens
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79 reviews 79 reviews
48 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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175 helpful votes 175 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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171 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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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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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21 helpful votes 21 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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15 attraction reviews
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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37 helpful votes 37 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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altrincham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

One of the best of the town, the square is surrounded by excellent buildings: the town hall (XV-XIX century) two baroque churches and several ancient buildings. The fountain (XVII century) is fantastic.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

I walked past this piazza a few times without even realising it was significant. The fountain is all fenced off to the point where you can barely see the thing, there are weeds growing all around it, and many of the buildings around it are derelict and boarded up.

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