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Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria)

Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)
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Ranked #24 of 156 Attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Fountains
Description: Take a peak at this "shameful" fountain, one of Palermo's revealing attractions.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It is a beautiful site, don't get me wrong but it is unfortunate they have decided to surround it by a metal fence. Why not allow people to enjoy and take proper pictures?!. It also lacks any information panels nearby. Otherwise it is a beautiful fountain, not so well promoted.

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Terni, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It is a great monument but the different legends running around the fountain are still better. Our guide Josephine told us all the story and legends that you will never find in a book

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

This fountain is called Pretoria because is on front the City Hall of Palermo, but has a nice legend that explain the nickname

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Cerainly one of Palermo's interesting sites. It's a pity it's surrounded by a fence that disturbs the view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

A major fountain and statue ensemble in the middle of Palermo and worth a visit. Some or the statues look slightly 'garden centre' but an lovely location and well worth a visit.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The fountain of la Vergogna was the most beautiful attraction in Palermo. Full of history and enchantment.

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Indore, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We had heard and read a lot about the Fontana Pretoria but were not particularly impressed. The fountain is not well maintained and was festooned with pigeons. Though the numerous small fountains do work, sadly most statues have broken up in many places probably over time. Good place to see to tick off one of the must-see places in Palermo... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This fountain is quite impressive and worth the walk around the piazza in which it is located. It is located just off one the main roads in Palermo and merits a photo or two...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

This "Fountain of Shame" was built in front of Palermo's Town Hall. Originally, there were old buildings at the present town square and they were cleared up to make way for this fountain. It so happened that a wealthy man at Firenze (Florence) went into hard time & so, the local authority purchased statues and sculptures from his Villa and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

In front of the town hall this huge and hilarious piece of baroquery has everything you can imagine - animals and gods and copies of ancient sculpture and nymphs and monsters and allegories and balustrades and steps and dozens of water spouts. All cleaned beautifully and working unfortunately protected by a large fence so you can't get near to see... More

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