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Address: Piazza della Bocca della Verita, 18 | Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 678 7759
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

The legend of this 4th-century stone, located in the Church of Santa Maria...

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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Saw this again behind the railings!

I read about this in a book many years ago. Would have wanted to put my hand into the "mouth." I saw it several years ago when I first visited Rome. It was late at night so it was... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I read about this in a book many years ago. Would have wanted to put my hand into the "mouth." I saw it several years ago when I first visited Rome. It was late at night so it was closed. When we went last September, it was open but lines were long. So I had to be contented to see... More 

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Curitiba, PR
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ok, It's part of the history from the first century and it's nice for that. But, we have found a huge line of people waiting for a picture (and put hand in the mouth and make a special request). Poor space, be prepared to wait without any protection of the sun or rain.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were far more entertained by teasing (unmercifully) one of the members of our party while waiting in line. Probably not worth the 20 minutes of standing in line except if the end result is in our favour...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quirky place to go, you can visit even if church is shut. A long queue of people waiting to take their photo but worth doing. Think 'roman holiday' and 'only you' true Hollywood

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Kosice, Slovakia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was really looking forward to this one since I have seen the movie ´Roman holiday´. The scene with Gregory Peck and Audrey is epic! I thought we will come, wait of course as it is a tourist sight, but I did not think I have to buy a ticket for 2 euros just to take a picture and then... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a neat thing to see and take a photo with.....interesting ancient carving but, standing in long line for a few seconds with the statue--not sure if it was worth it but glad that I was able to see it. Make sure you are dressed appropriately though because the exit takes you through the church.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Waited about 20 minutes but weren't asked to pay the 2 euros as we expected to. My son aged 8 enjoyed very much the whole thing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

After seeng this monument in films like Roman Holiday and replicas of it around the world, having to queue for half an hour in a friendly crowd, was no big deal. Get your camera ready for the perfect Facebook photo (everyone asked the folk behind them to take them). No charge and you exit through a small church the holds... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Made famous by some movie, I hadn't even heard of it before, but one of our group wanted to see it. So we strolled from Palantine Hill towards it and when we got there we were met with a huge queue. None of us really wanted to queue having spent the best part of the day in the Colosseum queue... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The story goes that the mouth knows if you are telling a lie, so beware of the consequences if you are challenged to speak the truth with your hand in 'the mouth of truth.' It is said that many centuries ago a gentleman suspected his wife of infidelity - with good reason! The crowds gathered to see her questioned and... More 

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