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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  • An imposing fountain with sculptures in carrara marble of François Camilliani, 16th-century architect, heart of the city, a good place to take a break between two lvisitas: the four corners and the Church of Martorana. The official name is Source Pretoria and heard 2 different stories about the nickname Square of shame. The first would be that the nuns of the convent neighbors were offended with nudity. And I think more credible, that the source was slow to be installed costing a fortune to taxpayers.
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  • Walking through the streets of Palermo in piazza della vergogna, lovely and such a feature fountain. Bella palermo
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  • Deserves a 100 metres from the famous step 4 is to sing is a work that has a very interesting history don't miss this visit
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  • huge fountain in front of the city council and surrounded by some amazing decedent buildings.
  • Very nice, it’s pity it’s fenced, so you can only view it from a distance.
  • Lovely place I just want to put my feet in the water it's so hot.
  • One of the most beautiful Italian squares
  • Beautiful place in the heart of Palermo. Very nice and cozy restaurants in the neighborhood.

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