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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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  • Well, the title says it todo.se they make big queues to visit it, it belongs to a church and it's not always open, if you don't want to take a picture and you just want to see it you don't have to queue, that's if you don't take the camera out because people will throw themselves on you, I've just asked it, you just have it seen more empty at lunchtime, right behind the church is the Roman circus where horse racing was done.
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  • Beautiful souvenir, easy access, no cost and well organized. The chapel is inspiring and the crypt is less attractive.
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  • I went to about the evening, but I waited about 30 minutes. The guardorganized the procession, supported the photo shoot, and sometimes threatened me the moment I put it in my mouth and entertained me. Thanks to him, there was no one who took more time to take photos than necessary, and I think the procession was going smoothly even if I was waiting. Thank you.
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