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Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria)

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Address: Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Take a peak at this "shameful" fountain, one of Palermo's...

Take a peak at this "shameful" fountain, one of Palermo's revealing attractions.

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Fontana Della Vergogna is a Palermo landmark and a place to take pictures and walk around. The Square is located in front of City Hall and a 1/4 block from the Four Corners.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Southold, NY
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When in Florence or Rome you are truly wowed but the fountains. This one looks like a poor copy. The updated parts look like they are made out of plastic and have little artistic merit. Go to it if you are walking past, don't make it a day out!

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Southold, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fontana Della Vergogna is a Palermo landmark and a place to take pictures and walk around. The Square is located in front of City Hall and a 1/4 block from the Four Corners.

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Louth, Lincolnshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Has to be seen to be believed incredible collection of statues. Evidently the whole structure was transported from elsewhere with bits "lost" along the way. One fellow tourist said to me: "go see it it's mad totally crazy" - but beautiful too.

Thank ClareofTralee
Sacramento, California, United States
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This fountain was brought to Sicily from Florence. It's really beautiful. Parts of the fountain were removed at night by nuns.

Thank Margie C
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

On our first evening in Palermo we went out for a wander without any itinerary. We rounded a corner and suddenly there was this amazing fountain! The size and grandeur of it makes this a worthwhile place to visit. It is surrounded by railings and gate is locked at night and the fountain is not on. We passed it several... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

A great square with an interesting history of having been donated to Palermo after the sculptures were considered too risky. Also a good base from which to go in to the Mayor's office on the square and look out at the view of the neighbouring churces.

Thank belladipapa
Alpharetta, Georgia
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

This once great fountain is constrained in a tight space. It has an ugly black metal fence all the way around it. It looks run down and is dry many days. Worth seeing if you are in the area. Lots of interesting history. If this review is helpful then please indicate so below.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Enjoyed the architecture of the church more than the fountain. Located right near one of the main outdoor markets for the city which is really interesting to walk through and worth the time.

Thank Steven S
Annecy, France
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

As so many beauties in Italy, as you are walking casually , you just " stumble " on this gorgeous fountain . They call it vergogna, the shame in italian , because the statues are all nudes .

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Cheshire, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Lovely fountain with statues on different levels just a few minutes walk from our hotel in Via Vittorio Emanuele

Thank Zeusco

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