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Piazza della Bocca della Verita

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Address: Piazza della Bocca della Verita | Ripa, Rome, Italy
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Quick but fun

Located in the entrance of a church. Waited in line, but it didn't take long. After a quick photo opportunity, visited the church (free) and crypt (€1 but hardly worth it).

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Quite a long queue to just get a couple of photos with your hand in its mouth, although it is free and probably worth seeing if you are walking nearby and the queue is less than 20 minutes and is in the shade.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Located in the entrance of a church. Waited in line, but it didn't take long. After a quick photo opportunity, visited the church (free) and crypt (€1 but hardly worth it).

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Helmetta, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

If there was ever a review in which to tell the truth...well...full disclosure... this is a ho-hum kind of thing. It meant a lot to me because I was told about this legend by my grandmother, who is from Italy. I saw pictures of it at a young age and always dreamed of a visit. It was a not-to-be-missed for... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

tourist trap avoid if you can, nothing to see here but a great circular stone used to be a lid. long lines

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Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

In summer, when the line stretched to the nearby stairs, we waited 20 minutes to pass the gate and 20 minutes to access the mouth of truth. Yes, it was worth it.

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Olomouc, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

well, attraction itself is cool, it looks nice, but the line to get there and have a one-second picture with hand inside, is too long...be prepare to wait at least 20 minutes at least, in that hot, nothing special (its free of charge), anyway to get into a chaple is quite expensive....but the legend anout this "mouth" is lovely it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I had wanted to come to this place since the first time I saw “Only You” back in the nineties. It’s just like I’d imagined. There is a line, but it moves relatively quickly and it closes early in the evening, so make sure you know when the hours are.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My daughter knew all about it and was really looking forward to trying it out - although a bit worried about the question she'd get asked! Obviously then a parent needs to do it (with long sleeves) and pretend their hand got bitten off! Just need to give a donation to the church. Only need to be there for a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The piazza has some white stone benches which is nice to rest on before standing in line before the bocca della veritas. Nice temples and view of the clocktower.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Piazza della Bocca della Verita is famous for the open-mouthed sculpture there. You must stick your hand in the Bocca (the mouth) and if you are not telling the truth the story says it will bite off your hand. Fun for kids and adults. But wash your hands afterwards. Who knows how many hands have been bitten there.

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