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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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Long line, but free

The entrance is on the river side of the church. Look for the long line! The line moves fairly quickly and there is no charge for the attraction. As previous reviewers mention... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The entrance is on the river side of the church. Look for the long line! The line moves fairly quickly and there is no charge for the attraction. As previous reviewers mention, you can see it from outside the gate without getting in line, but if you want a photo with it or put your hand inside, then you can... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed nearby at Ripense in Trastevere and passed by on our of our days exploring the city. The location opens at 9.30am so we were a little early and didn't manage to get a close up photo of the Mouth of Truth, but managed to get a snap through the bars, which is enough really. One to chalk off... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here in May 1 when most other attractions in Rome were closed. The line was crazy long but luckily we sneaked a little peak from the side of the line and didn't have to go inside.

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 239 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

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 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

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

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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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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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Reviewed 17 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

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