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This grand square features a splendid fountain, erected during the heyday of the Spanish Inquisition, which features sixteen statues that are nudes of nymphs, humans, mermaids and satyrs; truly a surprise that this type of art was permitted during...more
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited Palermo and completely wowed by the amazing architecture of this amazing city The piazza Pretoria is a must see its stunning and so detailed as you walk around there are so many statues if people, animals and birds. Cherubs in the surrounding railings too....More

Thank Joyce J
Reviewed 6 days ago

A must see, these lovely fountains are always busy, and are surrounded by some gorgeous architechture!

Thank Amanda F
Reviewed 1 week ago

A pleasant fountain, and they don't let you sit down - so no groups obscuring those photographs! However - don't fail to notice the railings, and the lamp-posts. The detail on these is terrific.

Thank RuthieMead
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not far away from Quattro Canti you can find Piazza Pretoria with many fountains and 16 statues of naked humans, nymphs, mermaids and satyrs. The Piazza was designed by Francesco Camilliani in 1554. A lovely place, which in The Spanish Inquisition times was called Piazza...More

Thank GregoryAlpha
Reviewed 6 July 2018

The centerpiece is the Fontana della Vergogna with its naked statues of mythical figures but it would be a mistake to ignore the historic buildings that surround the piazza. The Palazzo Pretorio dates to the 15th century, the Church of St. Catherine, Palazzo Bordonaro and...More

Thank Dan L
Reviewed 30 June 2018

This Piazza surrounds the iconic Fountain of Shame, a necessary visit when in Palermo. The buildings are historic and there are cafes nearby to sit and enjoy yourself.

Thank myraevans1942
Reviewed 27 June 2018

Incredible monument in the middle of the piazza, but that's about it. Take it in as part of a walk, and check out the statues.

Thank Captain_Condor
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Stunning piece of art, splendid detail and craftsmanship that doesn't take its self to seriously. You can almost hear the artisans chuckling to themselves as they carved into the marble. This Piazza for me sums up Palermo the beautiful city hall on the right the...More

Thank Paul J
Reviewed 21 June 2018

The square is next to Quattro Canti, opposite the amazing church San Giuseppe dei Teatini and hosts the Fountain of Shame, originally made in Florence. Worth paying a quick visit to enjoy a bit of Renaissance among the nearby Baroque.

Thank Lehud93
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

If you can see this monument in the beautiful Sicilian sun, you have found the perfect moment. It is gorgeous and detailed.

Thank Megan W
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