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. Our Palermo trip planner makes visiting Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria) and other Palermo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The fountain is a major sight on the rounds of places to visit in Palermo. The fountain itself is interesting, but it is really the surrounding area that is so fascinating. The heart of the old city. 
    The fountain is a major sight on the rounds of places to visit in Palermo. The fountain itself is interesting, but it is really the surrounding area that is so fascinating. The heart of the old city.  more »
  • Lovely fountain in a piazza with a convent on one side, from where the nuns would emerge to cover up the statue’s naughty bits 
    Lovely fountain in a piazza with a convent on one side, from where the nuns would emerge to cover up the statue’s naughty bits  more »
  • This fountain is a must see. Depicting the Olympians this fountain was bought from Florence in 1574 but not well received by the people of Palermo. Known as the square of shame due to the nudity. Now....  more
    This fountain is a must see. Depicting the Olympians this fountain was bought from Florence in 1574 but not well received by the people of Palermo. Known as the square of shame due to the nudity. Now....  more »
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  • Gorgeous fountain with an interesting back story. Gates around can prevent getting some good photos so would recommend walking towards the back and standing abit further away :)
  • Large fountain dating from the 1500s. The marble statues represent various mystical figures. As of Oct 2022, the fountain wasn't operational.
  • Monumental fountain built in 1544 . Square of shame , represents the twelve olympians , other mythological figures ,animals and the river of Palermo.
  • An imposing fountain with finely crafted figures. Unfortunately, the fountain was closed off with high fences and not accessible.
  • Very nice place to see, especially during a sunny day.

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