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Bocca della Verita, Rome

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Visit one of the world's most famous and peculiar artifacts at Bocca della Verita, in Rome's Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Examine the famous marble image, carved in the likeness of a Roman river god, and ponder its original use and meaning. Historians believe that the giant slab, weighing about 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs) originally may have been a part of a Roman fountain or drain cover. Test your character by placing your hand inside the image's mouth, which, according to legend, will bite off the hands of those who lie. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Rome holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Bocca della Verita and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Last time here (years ago) it was not very organised, just walk up and have a look. Now organised in a line, with a donation box including a guy helping both to take photos as well as scaring...  more »
  • The main reason for visiting is I'm a fan of the movie Roman Holiday so this was on my list. A 20 minute walk from our apartment in Trastevere, the building was a little hard to identify on the map...  more »
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