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Address: Piazza della Bocca della Verita | Ripa, Rome, Italy
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The most exciting drain cover in all Rome

I visited here while walking to see the Circus Maximus. It's situated just down from the Teatro di Marcello and can be found in the basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. It's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 9, 2016
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Piazza della Bocca della Verità part of the ancient Forum Boarium, is a lovely piazza with a lot to see. The Fountain of the Tritons was built by Carlo Bizzaccheri in 1719, it features two Tritons holding up a large shell, with water flowing into a star shaped basin. The circular Tempio di Ercole Vincitore, built 2nd-1st century BC. Tempio... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Have seen the Bocca Della Verita in many movies and it was a great, fun way to see it in real life- although there can be a small 20 minute line up and a 2 Euro fee, it was well worth it.... Enjoyed the experience as did everyone else to put their hand in the famous 'mouth of truth'

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

I visited here while walking to see the Circus Maximus. It's situated just down from the Teatro di Marcello and can be found in the basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. It's thought that previously the mouth acted as a drain cover and was famously used in the film Roman Holiday when Gregory Peck pretends to lose his hand in... More 

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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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