Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria), Palermo

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Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria) is a fountain created by Florentine sculptor Francesco Camilliani between 1554 and 1555. Also called “Fountain of Shame,” this structure is decorated elaborately with dozens of carved figures, including animal heads, nymphs, monsters, ornamental staircases, gods and goddesses, and nude figures. This is all accompanied by a water system that was advanced for its time. The fountain is lit up at night. Make Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria) a part of your Palermo vacation plans using our Palermo trip itinerary builder.
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  • This fountain is far from being the most beautiful in Italy, but she offers and white for of to sit and relax thanks to the water of the fountain
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  • Beautiful square and the fountain with its sculptures. In the afternoon after 17, open the gates and you can see it from the inside. Lovely, a place that often crosses hastily, but is well worth a stop.
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  • called place of shame in the XVIII and XiX century by the Palermo in reference to the corrupt administration and the nakedness of the statues of 48 total
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  • Nice fontain in the heart of Palermo. There is a fence around it which will be closed in the night. So if you want to access it be sure to go there by day.
  • Square of Shame, one of most beautiful site in Palermo. The whole area nearby is very beautiful with churches, squares, fountains.
  • Piazza Pretoria, known as "Piazza della Vergigna" (Square of the Shame) is one of the most historical ones. The name comes from the reason that the nuns, while appearing from their monastery in the same square, looked at the nude statues of the Greeks and Romans' divinities. These statues are worth the visit though: they're very well Made!
  • Stumbled across this fountain in the city center. Amazing carvings around the fountain and very clean. Also check out the city hall next to it as the interior is stunning.
  • Some greens would make this fountain square much nicer. But still it is quite impressive with its size.