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Mouth of Truth, Rome
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ADDRESS
P.za Bocca della Verità 18
00186 Rome
Italy
CONTACT DETAILS
+39 06 6781419
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Mouth of Truth, Rome

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

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The Mouth of Truth, Bocca della Verità in Italian, may be a five second Rome attraction but it is well worth the trek and queue. Camera ready, have your child (or partner) place a hand in the mouth of this round, man-like carving. Hand in mouth, ask a question they will be tempted to answer with a fib. The marble mouth doesn't bite, as the legend of this medieval lie detector proposes, but it will likely turn a few checks red. And create yet another fun memory of a family holiday in Rome.
Getting There
 
Located in the portico of the 6th century church Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Bocca della Verità is long hike from all but Circo Massimo. The nearest metro, Circo Massimo on the B line, is located on the opposite end of the Circus a roughly 15 minute walk away. City buses stop on Via dei Cerchi, Via della Greca and Lungotevere.
Hours & Times
 
The portico is open daily from 9:00- 13:00 and 14:30 - 18:00.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
The queue is shortest in the early morning and late afternoon.
 
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Submitted on 06 August 2008 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy
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This Rome attraction is truly a must see. My then 6-year-old daughter found the legend fascinating and she was quite proud of herself for putting her hand in the carving's mouth. What's more, she enjoyed watching the people at the front of the line test their courage and take fun pictures.
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