Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria), Palermo

Categories: Fountains, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The Fontana Pretoria, centrally located in one of the most visited squares of Palermo, is framed by buildings like the Palazzo Pretorio and the Church of Santa Caterina (the duomo is beautiful). The source was created by the sculptor Francesco Camilliani to be placed in the garden of Don Luigi de Toledo, in Florence. With 48 statues, the source represents the Olympic 12, several mythological figures and the rivers of Palermo. In 1573, Luigi de Toledo, disgraced and forced to move to Naples, offered the source for sale to the city of Palermo. Sometime the source was considered a sign of the corruption of the municipality of Palermo, and in association with the nakedness of the majority of its statues, began to be called "La Fontana della Vergogna". Any day of the week is common to see couples, before and after the marriage ceremony, walk through Piazza della Vergogna to take pictures in different places of this beautiful Fountain. Worth the visit
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  • Many sculptures... few tourists. This fountain, I think, is more spectacular than the Trevi fountain in Rome
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  • I thought it was very beautiful, other fonts are loaded in Rome, this is beautiful and it is possible to observe all works quietly and well next time.
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  • Also known as "Piazza Della Vergogna" (Square of Shame) because during the XVIII Century become a symbol of corruption of Palermo, but also because naked statues, is a nice square with fountains just behind Quattro Canti. It's a shame that you can't walk through it.
  • 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.
  • Nice large fountain in the historical center of the city. The piazza offers free Wi-Fi. Not much place to sit. The fountain itself is fenced off.
  • Some greens would make this fountain square much nicer. But still it is quite impressive with its size.
  • this is one of the landmarks of Palermo. amazing fountain with an interesting story behind
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