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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%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“nude statues” (10 reviews)
“quattro canti” (15 reviews)
“animal heads” (7 reviews)
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| Piazza, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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"quattro canti"
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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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"great photo opportunity"
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"water fountain"
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"interesting sculptures"
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"surrounding buildings"
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"major landmarks"
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"white marble"
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"walk around"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The fountain is FANTASTIC. So much beauty and creativity in the stastues. It was quite the day I was here, but during the high season might be very busy

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's so much fun walking around in Sicily viewing such historical monuments.It's a few blocks from the Quattro Canti, the center of Palermo .

Thank MamaT23
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is so close on the inner historical walking district. Just a really lovely place and great photo op!

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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

I really liked this square: beautiful statues and harmonious proportions, historical background and where the city hall is today.

1  Thank Victoire36
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

This fountain is close by quattro canti and ballaro market, and all 3 can be visited together. The piazza has many classical statues as well as exotic creatures. Some of the statues have been dismembered. Apparently the nuns in the nunnery overlooking the fountain took...More

Thank Moses H
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Fontana Pretoria is the top 10 must see place in Sicily. From here around many churchs. It is real city centre.

Thank J F
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

The multi leveled fountain is incredible. So much detail and variety in the sculptures. It was quite the day we were here in the off season but I can imagine the piazza could get very crowed and Busy in the summer.

Thank taftdev
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Popular place and must see Square in Palermo. They call it “ square of shame “Nice fountain and 16 nude statues.

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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

If you are around, worth a quick watch, but you can see many more interesting sculptures and places in the city.

Thank Kemeny
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Piazza Pretoria is one of the most impressive places in Palermo. You feel the history and greatness of the location.

Thank Straccoligno
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