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Piazza della Bocca della Verita

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A one photograph long visit

Rome is beautiful! Everybody knows that; but at the same time Rome is as well bombed by tourists. For La Bocca della Verita, you need patience to stay in a long line. You're happy... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Aalborg, Denmark
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Aalborg, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Rome is beautiful! Everybody knows that; but at the same time Rome is as well bombed by tourists. For La Bocca della Verita, you need patience to stay in a long line. You're happy that is going fast but you only have the time to take one photo when you reach it, before the person guarding La Bocca della Verita... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Saw the queue for this and not being too long decided to investigate.... pleasantly surprised to see this big face and people putting an arm into the mouth. Later found out there's a reason/tradition for this... but can't remember what now.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you've seen the film, Roman Holiday, then you already know why most people go here. If you haven't, well, you should, and, you should still take the 5-10 minutes it takes to visit this. No one is 100% sure what this is - if it's an ancient Roman manhole cover, or, part of an ancient Roman fountain. Regardless, legend... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Made famous in the 1953 film, Roman Holiday. It's a ceramic lion’s head on the wall just outside the entrance to a church. Legend goes that if you are an untruthful person, the lion will bite off your hand when you put it in his mouth, and if you’re truthful he’ll let you keep it. It was a painful wait... More 

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Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

It's not spectacular, it's not mind-blowing but it's just a funny thing to do. Stick your hand in the mouth of a 1700 year old statue and hope you get it back. The line seems long but is usually 5' minutes long...

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Very well visited. You will have to queue for a picture. Low season and we waited only ten minutes but this was mid January and relatively quiet. No fee but a donation is requested.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 via mobile

You can walk from Piazza Venezia here.This is one of the places most people wait in line to get in.You have to go inside in one line.You must visit.

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Catania, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

If you have heard of and care about doing this, try it. We stood in a small line which moved efficiently & only took a few minutes. It is worth noting that the actual square itself is more interesting and historically significant than the Bocca della Verita. Let's be honest, it's evolved into just a tourist thing where everyone takes... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Strangely this was the attraction that my teenage son wanted to visit during our trip to Rome, I had not previously heard of it. Its walking distance from the Colosseum and we enjoyed our visit. Yes there is a queue, but it is well organised, moves along at a steady pace and you are asked for a donation, so you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The piazza itself is very small with a fountain and ancient temple fenced off. The main attraction is in the church of Santa Maria on the other side of the street. First, in the entrance is the Bocca della Verita, which legend says will bite your hand off if not telling the truth. There was a small 5 minute queue... More 

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Contrary to the chaos of the city, the Aventine is Rome’s oasis. A neighborhood made up of a patchwork of ancient churches, hidden gardens, private homes and embassies, peace and quiet is top priority and the vibe definitely friends and family. Take a walk around the Aventine and you’ll find a treasure hunt of surprises like the clever little keyhole at the Knights of Malta entrance (the only place you’ll find a line) along with Parco Savello (Giardino degli Aranci) next to the ancient Santa Sabina church. Keep your eyes on the 1960s architecture, several modern buildings are built atop Rome’s original 4th century BC wall.