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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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  • August 18, 2017
    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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  • August 18, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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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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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