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“The Mouth of Truth”

Bocca della Verità

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Why locals love it

The fascinating thing about this sculpture is the legend behind it: the mouth bites off the hand of anyone not telling the truth. It doesn’t matter if you’re superstitious or religious – it’s something to try at least once.

Why you should visit it

Even though it’s small, the Bocca della Verità is one of Rome’s major attractions. It’s a circular marble sculpture of a large face with an open mouth. Hundreds of visitors line up each day for the chance to put a hand in its mouth. You’ll find it just outside the entrance of Basilica di Saint Maria in Cosmedin – another church worthy of a visit.

Special tip

Note that there’s always a long line and that you’ll only have a couple of seconds to take photos.

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Loved this. And staff super helpful and friendly. Highly recommend a visit. Remember to take something to cover shoulders and knees as you exit through a church (though they did provide this when I went, doesn't hurt to be prepared)
July 3, 2018

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