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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 can't wait for hours to take a photo in front of the statue of the "mouth of truth" always are made out of the matrix. As a guide, is roughly 25 minutes in the column to the image of the mouth of truth (iron gate) at the entrance of the Church. The outside wrap followed by a column from there. Had come up to the mouth of truth wrapped by the way column is about 50 minutes.
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  • The old ' manhole cover ' see is fun. To take a photo you have or are lucky or have patience because there can be a row. We found it is not necessary, but what we had not expected is that the environment is so special. The Church is a gem, very old and beautiful floors. Also the two small temples that as good as intact, are surprisingly beautiful. And the Tiber, which too little attention, there is very beautiful. Keep even the street to the bridge. As a bonus you get there the Ponto Rotto (broken bridge) to see and the island in the Tiber River. Many birds with one stone!
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  • I was really looking forward to this one since I have seen the movie ´Roman holiday´. The scene with Gregory Peck and Audrey is epic! I thought we will come, wait of course as it is a tourist sight, b...  more »