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The legend of this 4th-century stone, located in the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, says that it eats the hand of liars.
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Piazza della Bocca della Verita, 18 | Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday

This is the place where many tourists love to have a photo. The line was too long and we only took a picture through the gates.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Feza K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Long que but it was worth it to play along with history and all the others who had convinced their youngsters that it catches out the fibbers.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Viv A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bocca della Verita (mouth of truth) dates back to the 13th century. It’s purpose is yet to be known, but the stories and legends show another side to this 1 ton marble mask. Because of this, we believe Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn knew...More

Date of experience: May 2018
6  Thank OnYourMarkTravel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

its a big round romain thing, with a face in teh middle and an open mouth, you put you hand in the mouth, if you say the truth then you are safe, if you a liar you will be bited !! its not too far...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Doudou-Migalo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was not a place I would have especially went out of my way to see, but found myself nearby, and it was early, so I hung around and went in just as the church gates were opening at 09.30. It was surprising how quickly...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank safetravels2019
Reviewed January 6, 2019

The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth), carries one story that sends shivers up the spine of the superstitious and makes skeptics laugh in amusement. The ancient carving, pictured above, is found outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The pagan god carving is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bla68bla
Reviewed January 4, 2019

A 4th century marble mask by the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church. Apparently it eats the hands of liars… so of course, tourists queue to put their hand in. I think it features in an old film which made it famous :)

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank shannonp0909
Reviewed December 18, 2018

It was on the way from Colosseum to Trastevere to eat so i ended up going, nothing much, pretty much described in the headline.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JussiM_13
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Located near the Circus Maximus and Aventine Hill, in the left wall of the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church, the Mouth of Truth is worth a stop for a photo if the line isn’t too long. On the Wednesday in November when...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 907blaked
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

You can see the Mouth of Truth for free and see if you are a liar or not. It’s not always crowded but if you don’t have the time to wait you can take a picture from the side. There is a nice ancient temple...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Contrary to the chaos of the city, the Aventine is
Rome’s oasis. A neighborhood made up of a patchwork of
ancient churches, hidden gardens, private homes and
embassies, peace and quiet is top priority and the
vibe definitely friends and family. Take a walk around
the Aventine and you’ll find a treasure hunt of
surprises like the clever little keyhole at the
Knights of Malta entrance (the only place you’ll find
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