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Bocca della Verita, Rome

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Visit one of the world's most famous and peculiar artifacts at Bocca della Verita, in Rome's Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Examine the famous marble image, carved in the likeness of a Roman river god, and ponder its original use and meaning. Historians believe that the giant slab, weighing about 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs) originally may have been a part of a Roman fountain or drain cover. Test your character by placing your hand inside the image's mouth, which, according to legend, will bite off the hands of those who lie. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Rome holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Bocca della Verita and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Thought to have originally been a drain cover - it must have been some drain, but it's not too far from the Cloaca Maxima, so perhaps. There was a queue when we visited. Each visitor in turn had 15.....  more »
  • The story is nice, but actually there is not so much to see. The hidden pearl is the old church that you enter after watching the stone. I can imagine if it would be cleaned and renovated a bit, it...  more »
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