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“Have you got the guts?”

Piazza della Bocca della Verita
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

located in the Santa Maria in Cosmedin it is at the back of the Roman Forum, the lines are long but move fast as it is one picture per person (or a few more if you are fast). Definitely a highlight of the trip sticking out hands in trying to lie to see if our hands get bitten of and not having the true guts to risk it, this is definitely worth the 50cent, and afterward you go inside and take in the basilica of Santa Maria.

However, i would not pay the 1euro again for Hadrian' s Crypt because it is exactly what is seen on the picture

Thank Emma H
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

La Bocca Della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is a man like face carved from Pavonazzo marble and is located by the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in a gated area. It is famous for being a human lie detector. It is believed that you put your hand in the mouth and if you lie it will be bitten off. It is even more famous for its appearance in the Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck film Roman Holiday.

We had read that it becomes quite busy so arrived as it opened (about 9.30am) and were one of the first in. We queued for about 10 minutes but only because another group were taking their time with the photos. The guard intervened and hurried them along. He also made sure only one photo per person was taken and was willing to take the photo for you.

When it’s your turn you approach the Mouth of Truth and put your hand in and have your photo taken. That’s it really.

A small reasonable donation is suggested.

A City Sightseeing bus stop is close by and when we went past later on the bus the queue was extremely long.

This is by no means a main attraction; more a bit of fun that doesn’t take too much time. We were glad we went and consider it worth going to see.

Tip: Get there early.

Thank pecanpie2205
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Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

What a great memory! The lines are reasonably long, but they move through people quickly. A great experience and a cherished memory!

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Go ahead--stick your hand in the mouth for a half a buck and take the photo....Just do it. Don't ask too many questions....Lines move quickly......

Thank Docwahoo
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

The piazza is close to the Tiber, the main reason to visit is the church Santa Maria in Cosmedin and to admire the Bocca della Verita (mouth of truth).
This church which was built in the 6th century impresses with its stunning simplicity which is in stark contrast to the opulence found in other churches. It stays open all day (as supposed to lots of churches in Rome which close for a rather long siesta).
Don't miss the two small temples: one is dedicated to Herkules, the other one to Portunus, the God of rivers and ports (the harbour of Ancient Rome was close by). Both temples were used as Christian churches in the Middle Ages which explains the fact that they were not destroyed.

Thank ACL3112
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