Piazza della Bocca della Verita, Rome

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Piazza della Bocca della Verita houses one of Rome’s most popular curiosities, which rests inside the portico of the beautiful medieval church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The Bocca della Verità is the carved marble image of a man’s face and open mouth, which perhaps dates from the first century. According to legend, those who tell a lie while placing their hands inside the mouth will have them bitten off. Inside the square you'll also spot the Arcus Argentariorum, the Arch of Janus, the Temple of Hercules Victor, and the Temple of Portunus. To visit Piazza della Bocca della Verita and other attractions in Rome, use our Rome route planner.
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  • We went to the famous Bocca della verità, unfortunately the row was immense and the end time is not our friend; We saw unfortunately from the outside. However we found that the Esplanade is a wonderfull place full of monuments known as the Arcus argentariorum, the Arch of Janus, the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Porturno also be appreciated only from the outside. I underestimated the square and I will be back to visit it as it should be
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  • Located close to the circo massimo side Tiber, this square there are many interesting things besides its main attraction. The Temple of Hercules, that of portunus, the Arch of Janus, the Triton fountain and then there is the view on the isola tiberina.
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  • Home to the mouth of truth, that iconic scene from Roman Holiday. Be prepared to wait in line for a while  more »

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