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Address: Piazza della Bocca della Verita | Ripa, Rome, Italy
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Not quite Gregory Peck.

Worth a visit if there are no queues. Interesting crypts underneath. Difficult to find on public transport. But good photo-op

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

The line is fairly long, but moves at a steady pace. Each person is allowed to take one picture. There is no fee, but they do encourage donations. If you just want to see it, and don't want to take a picture with it you can skip the line and peak through the gate instead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

La Bocca della Verità (Boca de la Verdad), is the Portic of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin, you can not miss it, sometimes is a big line, but is so beautiful, don miss it!!

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Worth a visit if there are no queues. Interesting crypts underneath. Difficult to find on public transport. But good photo-op

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The line may be very long but I realized that it goes pretty fast (because people can only take one picture or some people just want to take the picture without them on it). Remember this is the real one and it has the legend of "if you don't tell the truth, your hand will be bite off". I am... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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

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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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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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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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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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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Aventine
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.