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Mouth of Truth

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Overview

Title
Mouth of Truth
Author
Vanessa82
Rating
4.00
Year
100 AD
Cost
-
Average visit time
30 minutes
Address
Via Luigi Petroselli, 00186 Rome RM
Hours of operation
9.00am-1.00pm 2.30pm-6.00pm

Description

The Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verità in italian) is without a doubt one of the must-see things in Rome. This monument is located inside the portico of the Paleochristian Church of St Mary in Cosmedin. The Mouth of Truth is a oversized mask from the first century AC, moved to its current location in 1632, that represents a river god with an open mouth. The sculpture represents a man's face with a beard, that over the years has been attributed to various characters in mythology such as Jupiter and the God Poseidon. The myth says that should you put a hand into the mouth of the statue and tell a lie, the statue will cut off and eat the hand. The Mouth of Truth is also known for its appearance in the movie Roman Holiday. The monument is located in Piazza Bocca della Verità, where, in addition to the medieval church there is also the ancient Temple of Hercules. Not far from there you'll find the St George at Velabrum. To reach the Mouth of Truth you can take the bus lines n° 95, 160, 170, 44, 716 and 781, or get off at Circo Massimo metro (line B) and walk about 300 meters.

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