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“One of the main sights in central Palermo” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Piazza Pretoria

Piazza Pretoria
, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
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Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip from Taormina
Ranked #47 of 218 things to do in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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.
Hampshire, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“One of the main sights in central Palermo”
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 the scaffolding is architecturally stunning.

Visited August 2012
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Malahide, Ireland
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“Weekend in Palermo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

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

Visited May 2012
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altrincham
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“stunning!”
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.

Visited February 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Disappointing”
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.

Visited March 2012
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“palermo's landmark with unmatched beauty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

the fountain actually belonged to some noble spanish who was immersed by debts and then sold it to the city of Palermo. the fountain was then disassembled into 644 pieces!! however some pieces went missing or broke during transport.
The fountain rotates around a central basin surrounded by four bridges, stairways and consists of three concentric tanks from which water is poured from the top by a statue of Bacchus. the other statues represent the gods of Olimpus. and the waterways represent the rivers of palermo.
it is like visiting olympus on earth!!

Visited May 2011
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