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Address: Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Description: Take a peak at this "shameful" fountain, one of Palermo's revealing...
Take a peak at this "shameful" fountain, one of Palermo's revealing attractions.
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Lovely sculpture

Set in amongst several churches this fountain depicts naked men and women. It was originally commissioned for a private collection but was at the last minute purchased by the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Set in amongst several churches this fountain depicts naked men and women. It was originally commissioned for a private collection but was at the last minute purchased by the town of Palermo and erected in the 14th century. It's chosen position and nudity caused some concern with the church goers and called the fountain of shame. It's amazing that the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Fontana della Vergogna is one of the places someone should not miss!! If you are an architect lover this is your place! the sculptures are so realistic and minimal

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Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The sculptures simply don't hold up to many we've seen in Italy. Not particularly knowledgeable about Italian sculpture, so maybe we missed something, but they seemed so-so. Very centrally located near the Four Corners, so worth seeing, but nothing breathtaking.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Very nice fountaing with impressive statues. Great historic area and neighbourhood to spent time and waking distance from palermo cathedral c. 700 m.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Definitely worth a stop as you explore Palermo's hidden surprises. The fountain is set in a plaza off of the Main Street and makes a nice respite as you're walking the busy and noisy Palermo streets.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

What I liked best about this piazza was the woman who had chained herself to the railings in front of the civic offices in protest against something.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A huge and ornate fountain in a spacious square south of Quattro Cati. The fountain of shame for some Sicilian churchgoers. It looks impressive with all those little details from the tourist bus, but it was not just what I expected when I approached closer.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

A nice and massive historic fountain, situated in a beautiful plaza. The fountain actually doesn't have the much water running in it, but its artistry is beautiful. Nice, but not great. See it, enjoy it for a few minutes, the explore the rare and unusual churches that are nearby which I found far more fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Our first sight of this wonderful assembly was shortly after sunrise when much was in shadow. During our holiday we often saw it, at various times of the day and in different light. It was fascinating to read that it was actually created in Florence and was sold to Palermo because of impecunious circumstances. Somewhat understandably it caused some outrage... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Very unusual and striking fountain. Framed very interestingly by several cathedrals. Interesting architectural location and great photo opportunities.

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