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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  • Rather unique structure filled with stories and small legends concerning him, location is strategic, fits into visits to palazzo comunale, alla martorana and San Cataldo which are within striking distance.
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  • situated in front of the Town Hall is surely one of the Palermo attractions not to be missed!
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  • Beautiful and grandiose this fountain with many statues of pagan gods and allegorical figures. I was told that the name was given by religious, which outraged many nakedness, called it: the fountain of shame.
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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.