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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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Nothing crazy, but cool to go :)

Queue, but not that bad :) You are allowed to take one photo, but everybody is cheating (including me, we got like 4 shots). Go very early or get you somebody/something to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whilst not a major attraction, if you walk to this from the colosseum you will pass some great architecture including the Vittoriana museum. Short queues for the bocca della verita - worth a visit if you've done the rest!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not very much to see there, but it won't kill you to go if you have time to spare. Of course there's a line and it's just a hole you put your hand in, but it's ok. Has a nice myth behind it, so it's kinda fun.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Queue, but not that bad :) You are allowed to take one photo, but everybody is cheating (including me, we got like 4 shots). Go very early or get you somebody/something to entertain you for 10-30 minutes. But I had fun going there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came here after more than 30 years. I think it would be worth to do it as a kid or if you bring the kids with you to tell the story about. As adult is an okay thing to see but I wouldn't do extra effort to see it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

last attraction for us in rome. we came very early to avoid lines. there is not much of a queue. its just another attration for us to take photo. nothing special.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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 14 November 2016

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 14 November 2016

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

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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