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Piazza Pretoria

| Piazza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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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 that dark time in history.
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  • Average6%
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  • Terrible1%
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“quattro canti” (16 reviews)
“nude statues” (10 reviews)
“animal heads” (7 reviews)
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| Piazza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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"quattro canti"
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"nude statues"
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"animal heads"
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"city hall"
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"nice fountain"
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"beautiful square"
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"naked women"
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"numerous statues"
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"water fountain"
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"interesting sculptures"
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"photo opportunity"
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"major landmarks"
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"white marble"
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"walk around"
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"four corners"
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Reviewed 3 days 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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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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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Reviewed 28 May 2018

This piazza is very interesting. It has a great fountain, great statues, but the location of these are not going too well with them. Also, I did not understand why we cannot get close to them. Knowing that you do not have lots of places...More

Thank denizozsan
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

This piazza seems like it should be in Florence. It's definitely got a Florentine/Renaissance style..The story is the people of Sicily were not happy about the architect (brought in from Florence) and the naked statues that surround the fountain. The nuns from the adjacent convent...More

Thank Dauphine45
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Destined for elsewhere, this vast tiered fountain came to "rest' here (much to the consternation of the nuns nearby who objected to the nude statuary 'littering' the installation). Jammed into the Piazza Pretoria, its hysterical & marvellous all at once..Exuberant Sicilia!...again!

Thank John N
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