Fontana Pretoria

Palermo, Italy

The Fontana Pretoria is a monumental fountain of Palermo. The fountain was built by Francesco Camilliani in the city of Florence in 1554, but was transferred in Palermo in 1574. The fountain represents the Twelve Olympians, other mythological figures, animals and the rivers of Palermo.



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Founded: 1554
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Italy

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anjatjk (8 months ago)
Beautiful place. The Fountain of Shame (designed by Francesco Camilliani), is in the heart of the historic center of Palermo, is decorated with some 50 marvellous statues of monsters, harpies, sirens and tritons.
HaSAN AKAy (9 months ago)
Very impressive place with so many statues. Well preserved and still shining as if it was made yesterday.
Geoffrey Berg (9 months ago)
Definitely one of the nicest fountains I've ever seen, right up there with Trevi, you need 20 minutes just to take it all in, plust there are so many amazing things to visit all around it.
Gregg Vertes (12 months ago)
Worth a visit. Lots of history around the plaza. Apparently the nuns used to come out and cloth the statues every night and the government officials would come and remove the clothes revealing the statuses in all their glory every day. The architecture is once again outstanding. Just don’t see that kind of detail today.
Una Hennessy (12 months ago)
The Fontana Pretoria is a monumental fountain located in Piazza Pretoria in the historic center of Palermo. 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 and moved here.
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