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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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Cool, but line was too long!

A must-stop for any traveler in Rome, but the line is just too long. Too bad you're also forced to walk into the church and the souvenir shop.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Matteo T
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must-stop for any traveler in Rome, but the line is just too long. Too bad you're also forced to walk into the church and the souvenir shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not far from the forum area, close to the theater of Marcellus or circus Maximus. A short line just to put your hand in the stone, but does make for a great picture. If you're a lover of Roman Holiday it's a must!

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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well... If you have time to meet a lot of Japanese tourists and wait after them to make tones of pictures... But they are funny creatures...

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Kinloss, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really wanted to put my hand in the mouth of truth purely because of the film roman holiday which is one of my favourites, it was worth standing in a long queue for to get the photo!

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Valladolid, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Considering the many things Rome has to offer, spending this valuable time queuing for a picture with your hand here seems a bit too much for me. What a movie can do for a place! Much more interesting the church, and not as crowded.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our last afternoon in Rome, before heading back to the airport, just had to get my photo taken here, at the Mouth of Truth. I'm no Audrey Hepburn, but I do tell a lot of lies about how much money I spend shopping with the girls, so putting my hand in the mouth could have proved risky. But, I... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We queued for roughly 20 minutes to have our photo taken...be braver and put your hand in...!! Beautiful inside as well, got more than I expected out of our visit here.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the fastest visit to any attraction you'll ever have; of course, unless you decide to step inside and actually pose your hand inside the bocca. A cute legend lies behind this marble piece : Starting from the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie with one's hand in the mouth of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Fortaleza, CE
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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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