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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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  • Many visitors, if you want to visit can go, if just to see if this truth is not recommended in line and in the perimeter near the row of a photo, you can come here "three kingdoms" sites to see
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  • The actual attraction itself isn't that amazing! It's just a stone face and a small church! But it is quite funny and can give a few good photos! Don't be tricked or forced into pay donations! It is e...  more »
  • The Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth), is a nice relic to go to. It is said to be more than 2000 years old and an especially fun place to visit with children. (tell them first about the myth that if...  more »
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  • Beautiful to see, but the queue and waiting times are long! To get a photo, with 2€ and not easy, because you must be fast!
  • We were waiting on line for 30 min, but it was great! There is a church inside with the rests of San Valentino.
  • La grande bellezza...... The great beauty.
  • The classic monuments of Rome made famous from the film Roman holiday. Formerly served as a manhole cover, now located in the portico of the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin
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  • Landmark for film lovers (Roman holiday), long tails, it is best to go soon, come into the Church is worth visiting, just behind is finds the circus Roman and 10 min walk the garden of orange trees, is located in a place with much to visit and is b Ueno begin soon.
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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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