The Praetorian Fountain (Italian: Fontana Pretoria) is a monumental fountain located in Piazza Pretoria in the historic center of Palermo, region of Sicily, Italy. The fountain dominates the piazza on the west flank of the church of Santa Caterina, and is one block south of the intersection of the Quattro Canti. The fountain was originally built in 1544 in Florence by Francesco Camilliani, but was sold, transferred, and reassembled in Palermo in 1574.
The fountain was created for the garden of don Luigi de Toledo in Florence. Previously the plot of this piazza in Palermo was a garden that belonged to the nuns of San Domenico al Maglio and, after a lot of pressure, was obtained in 1551. Subsequently, in 1584, the Palazzo di San Clemente was built near this site. The creation of this unusual garden (devoid of palaces) and of the fountain was commissioned to the Florentine sculptor Francesco Camilliani, student of Baccio Bandinelli.
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Friedbert Rupp | Feb 4, 2018
This is one of the places of Palermo where you have to go. Very impressive and artistic Renaissance style with nude sculpture what the inhabitants of Palermo thought it's scandalous and the people didn't liked during that time. There is a tourist office and in front of the place are always guides who offers chariot tours around the center of Palermo. The Fontana Pretoria is not to far from Central station and there are a lot of shopping places around - so you can combine this tour exploring Palermo.
David M Brown | Jan 24, 2018
A must see for all visitors to Palermo The Fontana (Fountain) Pretoria is also known as the Fountain of Shame. When you visit you will see why. While here also tour the Government building in the piazza. It is free and worth the time.
Radko Shopov | Jan 7, 2018
Stunning magical fountain with beautiful statues. The location is perfect among the sity hall, the church of St Caterina. There is a fence but you may climb through a small door just in front of the City hall.
Anne Amison | Feb 3, 2018
A beautiful fountain in a lovely square - how many different animals can you find?
tommaso a. | Dec 10, 2017
huge fountain in front of the city council and surrounded by some amazing decedent buildings.
Julie Woodhouse | Apr 8, 2018
Historical monument in front of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria which is a beautiful example of Baroque interior with brightly coloured frescoes and plasterwork angels.
Vincenzo Nasi | May 7, 2018
Una famosa fontana a Palermo circondata da palazzi storici e chiese. Chiamata fontana della vergogna per la nudità delle sue statue. Fa un certo effetto scenografico
Andrew Sideways | Apr 28, 2018
Nice place, not much info. Only passing through
Doram Jacoby | May 21, 2018
A beautiful fountain and lovely to watch. While the fountain is free to watch 24 hours day and is beautiful in day light and after dark you can only go inside during working hours (also completely free)
Vittorio Napoli | May 16, 2018
"Piazza della Vergogna" (Shame Square) as its most popular name resounds in the minds of locals; the Palermo People's House (Palazzo Pretorio) and the Church of Santa Caterina stands beside the magnificent fountain, full of naked statues: from this its name.
Antonino Coronati | Jul 4, 2018
Amazing place.. Must visit when you go to Palermo
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