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Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria)

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Address: Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Take a peak at this "shameful" fountain, one of Palermo's...

Take a peak at this "shameful" fountain, one of Palermo's revealing attractions.

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Fountain Fantasy

Everything you would imagine in an Italian fountain in a piazza is here, with unending sculptures and just eye-catching features. Unfortunately, access is limited as there is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything you would imagine in an Italian fountain in a piazza is here, with unending sculptures and just eye-catching features. Unfortunately, access is limited as there is a fence around it, so can't get too close, but nonetheless can still appreciate it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the most beautiful fountains i had the pleasure to see. It's a real jewel, a true work of art.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The fenced gate was open on our visit so we were able to get right to the centre. Beautiful statues adorn the fountain. Love the story that the Mass goers were so appalled by the nudity of the statues that they named it the fountain of shame.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This amazing fountain, surrounded from 3 sides by important buildings, is quite impressive, all white marble, with so many different statues beautifully blended together. Some parts do not work, would need bit better taking care for it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful piazza. A great place to take pictures during the day or at night. Take a break here and enjoy lunch looking at many naked human figures. It's also a very central place: you can go to the church around the corner and to the Quattro Canti. Also, you can hop on the tour bus here. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fontana Pretoria is absolutely stunning, pity there is nowhere for an aerial view, to get a true appreciation of the brilliant layout. The fountain was not intended for a public space but rather for a private villa in Florence. Built by Francesco Camilliani in 1554, it was later sold to the city of Palermo in 1573. The fountain was dismantled... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great craftsmanship and design, a fountain that dominates it surroundings. Looks fantastic day or night and worth taking a moment to study

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful, beautiful beautiful. It is very difficult to describe in details Fontana Pretoria. If you think that the Trevi Fountain is beautiful, come down to Palermo and absorb the beauty of Fontana Pretoria. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The fountain is very beautiful art work. It was the third stop on our itinerary of Palermo tour. The whole town is full of Baroque and Neoclasicism art pieces and the fountain is no exception.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

You must take a good wake around each level of the Fountain. You can almost see the sculptor's devious grin as he is creating these interesting characters. I would recommend you read about it before you go to see it. Understanding the history makes it all the more interesting. The town Hall is also in this piazza and offer free... More 

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