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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. 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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  • I love the principle of putting your hand in and not being able to remove it if you don't tell the truth. It's not the easiest place to find and a semi decent sat nav is needed. It's free to get in an...  more »
  • Certainly very touristy and if it wasn't for engaged kids we certainly would not have spent over an hour queuing. Novelty spot it Rome - kids can be taken through piazza to engage them a bit if you li...  more »
  • We got a bus here from piazza Venezia. The building on the outside was boarded up slightly so unsure where to get off only by seeing the que of people. There doesn't seem much round there. There are g...  more »