Wednesday 14 August 2013

The Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily

Sometimes dubbed the "Square of Shame", the Piazza Pretoria is dominated by an enormous, bright white sixteenth century fountain featuring dozens of nude mythical figures linked to Mount Olympus. Originally built for a garden in Florence, it was sold to Palermo and reassembled in the Piazza Pretoria in 1575.

Piazza Pretoria is surrounded by grand historical buildings, including the churches of Santa Caterina and San Giuseppe dei Teatini, in various states of disrepair.