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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  • If you go to Rome this tour can not miss! The first X was not visited because not enough time!! There was a long line but it was in the shade. The heat was killing, soft asphalt type ... but go there and take a picture with your hand in your mouth is the viagem......na my opinion is worth,,,, says that if you mind your mouth will close on their fingers ... lol
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  • The square takes its name from the mask (which is actually a manhole) located in the portico of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and corresponds to the cattle market on the square there is the Temple of Fortuna Virilis, temple dedicated to Hercules and that circular circular known as the Temple of Vesta. Very interesting.
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  • It was said to be an ancient manhole to collect rainwater and Sam made famous for the American film "Roman holiday" in my opinion is much more interesting than the Greek Orthodox Church that hosts it.
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