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The Pretoria Fountain


The Pretoria Fountain, located in the square of the same name in Palermo, is one of the most representative symbols of the Sicilian capital, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful fountains in Italy. Renamed by the people of Palermo as "Piazza della Vergogna" (Piazza of Shame) because of the nudity of the statues that decorate it, Piazza Pretoria in the historic centre of Palermo, just a few feet from the Quattro Canti, houses the famous Pretoria Fountain in all its monumental beauty.

Piazza Pretoria inherits its name from the town hall, called Pretorio, which overlooks the prestigious fountain, accompanied by other magnificent buildings and places of worship, such as the magnificent church of Santa Caterina and the church of San Giuseppe dei Teatini.

In the middle of the fountain there is an amoretto pouring water, nicknamed "The Genius of Palermo", while all around there are statues representing various mythological figures, such as Venus, Adonis, Hercules, Bacchus, Apollo, Diana and Pomona, as well as an allegorical representation of the rivers of Palermo: the Oreto, the Papireto, the Gabriele and the Maredolce.