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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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  • A must-stop for any traveler in Rome, but the line is just too long. Too bad you're also forced to walk into the church and the souvenir shop. 
  • The row to access it is getting quite long, but it's fast. In fact, consider that after the photos with your hand stuck in his mouth, it's all finished. I also recommend to go to church, it's worth it.
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  • We were lucky and had a relatively short line and had to wait! We had to pay anything but!
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