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Piazza della Bocca della Verita

Piazza della Bocca della Verita | Ripa, Rome, Italy (Ripa / Aventino)
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Ranked #223 of 777 Attractions in Rome
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

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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Rugby, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Excellent place to make fun of yourself and take the picture with the hand inside the Bocca . almost no line at all you just give a donation if you want to

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Yorba Linda, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Tucked into an alcove of a the church, this is a tourist must do. Stand in line, have your friend ready with a camera and stick your hand in the gaping mouth. Hopefully it won't bite you...

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tallinn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

i really wanted to see this bocca della verita. It is one of an icon for me. thanks to the lovely old film.

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Galway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The piazza to the front of this church is pretty and has the ancient temples of Hercules Victor and Portunus. We looked at the Bocca della Verita through the railing and had no interest in queuing up as they were churning through the hundreds of tourists taking the exact same picture.

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Malta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The famous Bocca della Verita` is always crowded so if your time in Rome is limited stick to other more interesting places. It's not worth wasting time just to queue for a quick photo and leave!

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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I've been here in and out of peak season and recommend that if you're in peak times, give it a miss. Look, it's a stone face with a mouth several million people have put their hands in. I personally love the little guy (you think it'll be a laugh to put your hand in and lie but I guarantee you... More

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Glasgow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Don't worry about the queue it's worth the wait! The line will move pretty quickly and it's worth it to get that symbolic picture. The inside of the building is not as impressive as others but still worth a visit. This landmark would take no longer than a half hour visit so make sure you fit it in if you're... More

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Gdansk, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Do not be discouraged by the line...it moves really fast an you will not wait for more than 10 minutes or so. The inside of the church is not that impressive but the Bocca della verita is really worth it … take the famous picture with your hand in the statue’s mouth. If you are travelling solo don’t worry…there are... More

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