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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  • Part of our horse carriage ride from the msc meraviglia. Stopped here for photos. Really beautiful to walk round.  more »
  • Very central, right next to Quattro Canti and in front of the Town Hall square and great source. Beautiful both day and night. Rich in details.
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  • the square is surrounded by beautiful buildings from the stage to the lovely fountain Pretoria, commonly known as the fountain of shame, the tanks are supplied by fountains and jets that provide water in continuity, the levels at which they laid out the tanks are concentric, the presence of nymphs unveiled, fauns and Newts, and classical deities resulted in the nickname "Fountain of shame, a real show every detail deserves attention.
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  • This is one of the places of Palermo where you have to go. Very impressive and artistic Renaissance style with nude sculpture what the inhabitants of Palermo thought it's scandalous and the people didn't liked during that time. There is a tourist office and in front of the place are always guides who offers chariot tours around the center of Palermo. The Fontana Pretoria is not to far from Central station and there are a lot of shopping places around - so you can combine this tour exploring Palermo.
  • Historical monument in front of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria which is a beautiful example of Baroque interior with brightly coloured frescoes and plasterwork angels.
  • A must see for all visitors to Palermo The Fontana (Fountain) Pretoria is also known as the Fountain of Shame. When you visit you will see why. While here also tour the Government building in the piazza. It is free and worth the time.
  • Stunning magical fountain with beautiful statues. The location is perfect among the sity hall, the church of St Caterina. There is a fence but you may climb through a small door just in front of the City hall.
  • A beautiful fountain in a lovely square - how many different animals can you find?
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