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Bocca della Verita, Rome

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Monument Landmark
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. Put Bocca della Verita into our Rome vacation route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Rome.
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  • The visit is only to make the photo there... There to queue and reach is not so easy if you don't know for sure where it is located. With the heat, something heavy is done to be queued only for a photo, but hey... If you go to Rome and you don't like the photo it is as if you had not completed the journey...
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  • One of the spots for those of you who saw the Roman holiday. Still, it is no matrix. 14:00 30 arrived in the past, but it was hours before they were than you think. In October I day sunshine is strong and hot. It was about 40 minutes waiting time. In particular, have impressed or to return later, but do not review the photos and thought I should photograph the sky 1 degree.
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  • If you have limited time in Rome, you can definitely skip a visit to the bocca della verità. However, if you are in town for several days, go here for the obligatory photo with your hand in its mouth. Definitely a place for its history and its legends. If you go in summer, be prepared for a half hour in a row to let you the photos. The stage includes a ride in the Church that is located inside the building (the mouth of truth is in the entrance of a church)!
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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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