Palace of the Eagles and Piazza Pretoria
Staying in the city center, be it in our Hostel or at our Bed & Breakfast breakfast is definately an advantage in finding much of the beauty of Palermo by foot. A walk along Via Maqueda to Piazza Pretoria will present to you “Fountain Pretoria”, one of the most admired fountains in the world. The fountain was built at the end of 500 BC by the Florentine, Francesco Camilliani and was transported to Palermo in 1574. The fountains naked statues have ironically changed its name from the fountain Pretoria, the seat of the Praetorian Palace, to a fountain of shame. The urban legend says that the nude statues gave much astonishment to the nuns of the convent of Santa Caterina that looks out from a side of the square.
Across the square is the seat of the Municipality of Palermo, the Praetorian Palace, a building full of history. Founded around 400 BC, it was the seat of the magistrate who governed the city, then was remodeled during the sixth and seventh centuries until the final restoration occurred after the unification of Italy. The majestic palace is also known as the palace of the Eagles because of the numerous representations of the emblem of the city in paintings, reliefs and statues. Worth visiting!