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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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  • In my opinion, is a point that you have to pass though it is already too tourist and "prostituted". Years ago you could go, observe it and take the pictures you want without pressure or hurry. Now there is a queue, you must leave the will and make a photo hastily. Then walk into the Church that there is that it is very nice and that in this case you can see calmly. A clear example of the consequences of the mass tourism that make emblems of the city to lose graciously.
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  • So you line up in the blazing heat, to be herded into a walkway at the front of the church There you get to jump in front of the face, stick your hand and they allow literally 30 seconds to snap a pic...  more »
  • The mouth of truth too famous. First thing in the morning and very crowded in the afternoon and was written in various places, so I went. Using the subway from the hotel (bus stop Circo Massimo), instead take a bus (No. 81), went to the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The mouth of truth was on the side wall of the back of the Church. Nike release 9:30 arrived already lined up about 15 people. Still, popular place seems crowded. Picture from the entrance next to the put in the Church.
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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.
  • I want to buy book in shop It is name of Rome
  • Certainly worth visiting although allegedly not so significant, i.e. If one musters the patience, to penetrate up to Bocca. We were (on Wednesday) there in the early afternoon the snake was 15 m long estimated, would have taken but around an hour. So we left it then and went into the neighboring Church, which is also worth seeing.
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