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Address: Piazza della Bocca della Verita | Ripa, Rome, Italy
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The sculpture itself is nothing to write home about, but I had a good time. It was fun watching other tourists make insane faces and gestures. The line wrapped around the church... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2016
West Hollywood, California
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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

The square lies in the area of the ancient Forum Boarium and is named after the well-known Mouth of the Truth which can be found in the church Santa Maria in Cosmedin. There are several preserved monuments beside the church: the Arch of Janus, the Temple of Portunus and the Temple of Hercules Victor.

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West Hollywood, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

The sculpture itself is nothing to write home about, but I had a good time. It was fun watching other tourists make insane faces and gestures. The line wrapped around the church (around 11am-ish), but didn't take more than 30 minutes to get to the front. Take your photos then head out to Travastere for a more authentic experience.

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Valhalla, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

The first time I cam to Rome in January 2001 I walk right up to this church and had no problems putting my hand in the mouth of church and taking pictures. When I returned in October 2015 it was a completely different story. I went by the place 3 times and each time the line seemed longer. The story... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

Well worth the queue to experience this object. I`ve seen it in so many movies that I just had to queue for this. Luckily there are people on site to usher people through a little faster which means you are not waiting too long. General opinion is that it was possibly a drain cover but who knows. Its still worth... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

The "Square of the Mouth of Truth" is right near the Tiber River and there are several sites worth seeing while in the area. To the west is Ponte Rotto (Broken Bridge) a remnant from 178BC. In the small park are two 150BC circa Temples that can only be visited from the outside. In the church on the east side,... More 

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Biedrusko, Poznan, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

I had to go there. I didn't know much about the place besides hilarious scene from Roman Holiday. The queue wasn't long. Few minutes of waiting to take photo. Very well organised I must admitt. But there is no chance to think "wow Audrey was here". And please visit the church. It's so simple and peaceful. And there's Hadrian Crypt... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

I'd watched 'Roman Holiday' with my 9 year old son the week before our visit so he knew what this strange stone is all about. I didn't tell him where we were going and he loved the surprise. There was a bit of a wait which was ok but I imagine it might be much longer in the summer. You... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

The square itself is very cute - fountain, the atmosphere, ancient ruins around it. However, the church and the Mouth of Truth is practically inaccessible due to loooooong queues. And I didn't go to Rome to spend my several days waiting in the queue. Still, I recommend visiting the area and having a rest on the square.

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Oviedo, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

It's another thing to see while in Rome, but that's about it. There are so many much more impressive things to see and do in Rome so don't spend too much time here. I've read that a lot of people have waited a long time to view it and I just don't think it's worth that. If you're in the... More 

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Kokomo, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

My love and I had stopped at the Circo Massimo bus stop to view the ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and from there, we took the ten-minute walk to the see La Bocca della Verità. Known in English as The Mouth of Truth used in the 1953 movie, "Roman Holiday" starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, plus in the 1960... More 

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