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Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin

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Address: Piazza della Bocca della Verita, 18 | 00186, Rome, Italy
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I arrived in Rome on February 14th. It would have been rude not to find St Valentine's skull. So glad I did. The mosaic on the wall of the little gift shop is amazing, the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I arrived in Rome on February 14th. It would have been rude not to find St Valentine's skull. So glad I did. The mosaic on the wall of the little gift shop is amazing, the different coloured patterned floor is unusual & of course St Valentine.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Smallish church and slightly different to many others that you see in Rome. Very atmospheric with some Greek style wall art. Also houses the skull of St Valentine. Worth popping in if you are passing.

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

An old brick church,with a high,slender,rectangular bell tower.The only thing that makes it somehow interesting is that close to its entry you can find Bocca della Verita.

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Roseville, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This church was near our rental and we roamed in for a look, and had to get our photo taken in the same place Cary Grant did in an old movie. Not real exciting and we looked like genuine tourists. Some tourists get charged to take a photo. Luckily, we did not.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Located ten minutes walking by step from the Theatre of Marcellus, that Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin is very visited by tourists today for Mouth of Truth. The church was built on the site of an old pagan temple dedicated to Hercules Invintus, but nowaday people stand in a queue and pay for one photo with Mouth of Truth... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Stunning church.....see St Valentines Skull...apparently the patron saint of epilepsy...among the more obvious stuff!!! Put your hand in the mouth of truth to see if you tell lies(€2).... Something for everyone here!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Our primary reason for visiting here was to see the ‘Mouth of Truth’ (reviewed separately) however, I would recommend seeing Santa Maria in Cosmedin more highly than the ‘Mouth of Truth’! Upon entering (Ladies, please ensure you have covering for your shoulders and you aren’t wearing anything above the knee) we saw the skull of St Valentine which was eerie... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

This church is the venue of Opera Arias, Neapolitan & Italian Music. Nice Internals of the church, large marble alter and also the site of "The Hand of Truth" We booked Opera Arias, Neapolitan & Italian Music via the web before we went to Rome, paid 61 Euros each for VIP tickets and went along, the music was wonderful………………….however!!! VIP... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Stopped by to take my chance with the fountain/mouth of truth and came back that night for a magical evening with the chamber orchestra and an opera singer - amazing sound in the basilica and the Italian arias made it a true Roman experience! worth the $35/person for a once in a lifetime experience

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

It was fun to take pictures with the Mouth of Truth, but the inside of the church is definitely worth a visit. The skull of St. Valentine is there as well as frescoes which I wished I could have appreciated better. A worker told us to visit the crypt of Pope Hadrian in a level below the church. It was... More 

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