Towns & Architecture

Pretoria fountain

The Pretoria fountain in Palermo

The Pretoria fountain is on a slightly higher level then via Maqueda.

Located in the middle of Palermo’s most intriguing square,

It was designed in 1522 by Tuscan sculptor Francesco Camilliani for the garden of a florentine villa

and was later installed in Piazza Pretoria.

The concentric basins are arranged on three levels ,

with statues of mythological creatures, monsters, tritons, sirens and the four river of Palermo ( Oreto, Papireto, Gabriele and Maredolce).

Because of the nude figures and statues it was known as ” the fountain of the shame“.