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Piazza Pretoria

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Address: | Piazza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy

This grand square features a splendid fountain, erected during the heyday...

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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Nice fountain

Piazza Pretoria is perfect for relaxation and nice pictures, far away from the notorious Palermo traffic.

Reviewed 6 days ago
Andy Z
Zurich, Switzerland
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful ornate centre piece surrounded by ugly scaffold which is presumably there to keep people from sitting on it and destroying it. I would imagine a lack of funding has meant this is the only quick cheap way they can find to defend it but it is not attractive.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Piazza Pretoria is perfect for relaxation and nice pictures, far away from the notorious Palermo traffic.

Thank Andy Z
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

great view too bad the square is drenched in fences. i do not know why they did this. it is a must see place in palermo

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Southold, NY
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Piazza Pretoria is a Palermo Landmark. It is a good place to take pictures, walk around, and people watch. It is located very close to the Four Corners and other landmarks.

Thank EJW3
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not good typical fountain but worth a look. Not sure when it was built. Certainly not ancient and so many statues, some of which were a bit strange. Just off quarto canti

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Birmingham, UK
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can see why some people might not like this but it has an eccentric charm. Easily the best parts is the collection of exotic, and not so exotic, animal heads all the way around.. The whole thing is a bit of a mixed bag overall but it is in an area crammed with things to see

Thank Tyke
Or Yehuda, Israel
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Reviewed March 18, 2017

I admit it: I am not an art appreciator. I am sure that these statues are world-class statues and it could be that thousands of tourists flock to Palermo each year to see this fountain with its world-class statues, but to my untrained artistic eye, it looked like a tacky, obscene, gaudy fountain with a tacky, obscene, gaudy collection of... More 

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed March 16, 2017

We kept returning to this Piazza to dine al fresco. Several pleasant places to eat, all food adequate. Lovely spot to spend some time. Good people watching.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

It was so beautiful. There's churches around and it's located centrally. One of the major attractions in Sicily.

Thank Margie C
Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed February 21, 2017

Apparently, original Palmitans were offended by the nudity of the statues, but I quite enjoyed their natural grace. The statues' faces are also individual and somewhat surprising, making one wonder about the models. Piazza Pretoria is just off the Quattro Canti intersection, easy to find. Definitely worth a relaxing stroll through the statues of people and mythological monsters.

Thank Teachrman

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