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Piazza Pretoria

| Piazza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo
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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.
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| Piazza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is what the locals used to call the fountain (Fontana della Vergogna). The piazza is quite large and was surrounded by a convent and a monastery. When the fountain was put together (it was moved in pieces from Florence), the many nude figures on...More

Thank AntarcticBound
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This an amazing fountain of epic proportions with 3 levels of basins and statues of monsters, mythical creatures, sirens as well as the four rivers of Palermo (Gabriele, Maredolce, Oreto, and Paprireto)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hade a Nice walk round in Palermo, and this was by far the most romantic place With a lot of history connected to the fountain.

Thank Trine L
Reviewed June 18, 2017

The heads of animals surrounding the basin of this fountain were, to me, its most arresting feature. They were domestic and exotic and fabulous, i.e. mythological, like the unicorn whose lost horn had turned him into a horse. History says the citizens were scandalized by...More

Thank patandmaryjo
Reviewed June 17, 2017

Beautiful square to visit. The most spectacular is the fountain with numerous statues built in XVI century.

Thank Mark D
Reviewed June 12, 2017

Not far removed to the Four Corners, you may be thrilled by a bevy of naked women and men, but I'm not talking about a red light zone. Situated in an amazing square, this fountain is filled with stunning completely naked statues. Here in Sicily,...More

Thank Nicola B
Reviewed June 6, 2017

We walked by the fountain in the morning as we began our walk around Palermo on Christmas day and returned in the early evening as we had to walk by on our way back to the hotel. While we looked at the statues during the...More

Thank johnllee
Reviewed May 25, 2017

A lovely square with a mix of renovated and dilapidated buildings, surrounding wonderful fountains - a feast for the eyes!

Thank toby187
Reviewed May 25, 2017

Guide book had interesting story about history of the fountain and adjacent churches. Really worth the visit to see the sculptures and learn their history.

Thank Michael F
Reviewed May 23, 2017

There are number of Classical statues and interesting head of animal carvings around the Fountain which are good photo opportunity. Go early and avoid crowds.

Thank Charles C
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