Bocca della Verità

La Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth) is a marble sculpture in Rome with an interesting and humorous legend attached to it. It resides now outside of the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in the Piazza della Bocca della Verita, but most likely originated as a drain cover or opening possibly on the roof of a nearby Roman temple. However it came to be may never be fully understood but it has achieved a place of prominence in modern Roman culture.

It is said that if a liar places their hand into the mouth of La Bocca della Verità it will be bitten off. Interestingly enough, thousands flock to the statue daily to tempt fate and insert their hands into the statue, but I have yet to see a handless person walking the streets of Rome. Could it be that no politician has made the trek to La Bocca della Verità, or simply that the legend may be a little exaggerated? Whatever the answer, the statue is fun and another famous landmark to see while in Rome.

So when in Rome make time to see La Bocca della Verità, but maybe just keep your hands in your pockets.

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