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Mouth of truth and a beautiful church

The church was small and may not be as grandiose as many other church in Rome. But it was definitely beautiful and felt more peaceful. While Mouth of truth being the main... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately the church was closed on a Saturday afternoon so just make sure you go there during the opening hours. The Piazza is very nice and busy.

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Miramar, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The guys didn't want to wait in the line just to "stick their hands" in the mouth. My daughter and I waited, around 20 minutes. Well worth the wait, had the next person in line take the pic for us :-) Couldn't miss it, an avid Audrey Hepburn fan...Roman Holiday

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The church seemed rather dilapidated, and we arrived late in the day, so there were "official folks" pretty much shooing us through. We were too late to even get in line (yes, there was a line... struck me as odd) to see the Bocca della Verita up close. Many things in Rome were far more inspiring and amazing than this.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

It's strange if you saw it in movies, then when you're actually there, it is nothing like you were expecting. It's in front of a church (Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin), there's a gate and usually a small line to get closer. It took me about 10 minutes. There are signs that says: only one photo per person. So... More 

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Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Our tour guide said that the Myth was that if you put your hand in this manholes mouth during a certain time of the year, it would eat your hand if you were telling a lie.....I didn't dare, I sometimes lie :) there was a big line and a fee to get in during September.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The church was small and may not be as grandiose as many other church in Rome. But it was definitely beautiful and felt more peaceful. While Mouth of truth being the main attraction, please take some time to visit the church as well. It is really worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

At first sight the idea to go and put you hand into this famous mouth sounds pretty exotic and exiting. However, the expectations are higher than the reality. This placed isn't far from the Monument of Vittorio Emanuele (Piazza Venezia), you can just keep walking down the hill from the Campidoglio and ask like a mile later for the ¨Bocca... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

This was made famous from the film Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. He puts his hand in the mouth and pretends it has been bitten off. This is just located round the end of Circus Maximus.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Whether you're here because of Roman Holiday or just because it's on the list of the minor sights of Rome, lets be honest - it's a lion head sculpture you put your hand in, get a picture and leave. They at least have a (very bored) guy on hand to take your picture - so don't forget your camera! They'd... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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