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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...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked across to the Pretoria Fountain which was very pretty although the square itself was run down with derelict buildings and graffiti. We had some great views of the fountain from Saint Catherine of Alexandria Monastery but up close the statues don't really have...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank MarcusHurley
Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll find the Piazza and the famous Fontana di Vergogna (Fountain of Shame) at the end of a narrow passage. The place is very depressing – surrounded by tall buildings that look threatening down on you and make you feel like you lack air. Foolishly...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Oliver S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy to find it. Nice square but buildings should be renovated around. Good to visit together with other sights in the neighborhood.

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a large fountain is a relatively small space. There is much to look at and discover but some of the statuary seems quite modern in style and could have come from the mid-twentieth century rather than the renaissance. It is worth a detour...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Michael C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The design is unimaginative, the quality of sculpture is so-so, the piazza itself is unimpressive. If it wasn't for the nudity and the scandal it generated (including the name), guidebooks would hardly mention it. Since you will pass it after visiting two terrific nearby churches,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 17 October 2019

Atmospheric intimate piazza, with ancient buildings all around, peeling but grand and the fountain with its statues and carvings in the middle.Reminded me very slightly of the Trevi in Rome but it's not so elaborate or quite so beautiful. But the whole thing is glorious.Real,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Scotlandmac
Reviewed 14 October 2019

Could possibly be the most beautiful fountain I have seen. Walk around, over and take a look at all of the stunning statues.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Elizabeth G
Reviewed 13 October 2019 via mobile

Move over trevi, this fountain is spectacular and the surrounding buildings are amazing. This is an absolute must if you are in Palermo.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 11 October 2019

The fountain is very nice, especially when the sun shines:) There are bars and restaurants all around it. We have been there both:during the day and late in the evening and it was lovely.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Milla_uk8
Reviewed 30 September 2019 via mobile

This Piazza has often got music and dance events on in one part while there are amazing historic buildings and a remarkable fountain in the centre. It’s worth walking up the steps to the top of the fountain to see The sculpted animals at different...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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