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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  • Maybe we were not too accurate, but we couldn't see the fountain in a satisfactory manner. High canceled around it does not allow to appreciate the architectural structure of a site that would be enjoyed both near and a high position. We couldn't.
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  • When in Florence or Rome you are truly wowed but the fountains. This one looks like a poor copy. The updated parts look like they are made out of plastic and have little artistic merit. Go to it if yo...  more »
  • Fontana Della Vergogna is a Palermo landmark and a place to take pictures and walk around. The Square is located in front of City Hall and a 1/4 block from the Four Corners.  more »
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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.