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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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While not one of the most essential "must do" while in Rome, it makes for a fun photo, and you can add to the great memories of a Rome trip. The line is sometimes quite long, and... read more

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While not one of the most essential "must do" while in Rome, it makes for a fun photo, and you can add to the great memories of a Rome trip. The line is sometimes quite long, and sometimes moves a little too slowly as photos and selfies multiply.

Thank Michaell333
Whitstable, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Queued for about 20 mins and line was moved along by a nice chap quickly. The church is nice too with a lovely shop with a fine selection of Bocca related stuff. Near circus maximus and the wedding cake, not that many facilities nearby so ensure you have been to the loo and have a drink handy!

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Probably only worth going to see for fans of Roman Holiday or as part of a longer wander - take in the Circus Maximus and the burial vaults of San Nicola in Carcere, Trastavere etc but it's free, not too long a queue and a bit of fun into the bargain

Thank David W
Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

I had memories that the Statue was outside and easily accessible so we wondered down from the Roman Forum late in the afternoon. We get there at 1745! Just a few minutes left till closing time (1770). It's a photo opportunity and something fun for kids.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

We got thete at 910 and five people in line. Opens at 940. By 920 were three tour groups and 70 people in line. We got in and out in 15 min. Put your arm in mouth first. After that nothing to see. Much better basilicas around town. When left 150 in line. Moves slow everyone taking multiple photos

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This was such a great last minute visit, we stayed in line, met a wonderful young traveller and then quietly headed into the Greek church, which moved me to pieces.

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Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This has to be a highlight on any tourist list. Where else can you relive some of Rome's ancient myths yourself. Stick your hand in his mouth if you dare.

Thank waynen95
Gorinchem, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The line was around the corner, but people are there just to get a quick picture and move on, so the line moves rather quickly. It is also free.

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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

This is a quick and free little stop if you're in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. Basically just an opportunity to take a fun picture.

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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Initially, we headed to The Mouth of Truth just because of the film Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in 1953. We arrived there at about 4:30pm in December, just as the day had begun to get dark, but there was still a long queue outside the building. It took about 20 minutes in the queue before we... More 

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