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Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria)

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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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Nice fountain, but don't expect it to bowl you over

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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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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Ireland
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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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New York, NY
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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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merseyside
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Loved the fountains and the architecture, although its cordoned off by a metal fence, a bit disappointing, but at a good tricky angle you can manage to take photographs without the fence being in view. Lovely though.

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Weston, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a nice fountain. Tons of detail in the architecture if you slowly walk around it. For a good photo, stand on the steps of the building behind the fountain (away from the street) - from there you can get a sort-of aerial view of the fountain.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This enormous fountain sits slightly higher than Via Maqueda in a site that is much too small for its scale. It was designed for the garden of a Florentine villa but its owner sold it to the Senate of Palermo where it was reconstructed (after being cut into 644 pieces for transportation to Palermo. The fountain was rebuilt in its... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I claim to be a semi-expert on Pretoria Fountain, - because I stood on the road opposite waiting an hour for the Red Hop-on and off bus to arrive; and it never did. So I know it fairly well. The first impression is, "Wow, this is great.- Fantastic." and it is! But on closer inspection :- it could be so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

There are so many statues in Palermo but this one of the best . I read that when the temple was first unveiled that people were upset because of the graphic nudity. Hard to get a good picture because it is so huge.

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Florianopolis, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of the Shame) has this name due to the naked statues in it. But palermitanians shouldn´t be ashamed of anything, since this is a really beautiful fountain. The fountain is rounded with some historical buildings and its worth a visit. Just next to the Quattro Canti (the intersection between Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda).

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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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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