The perfect way to test the honesty of your lover........... at the Piazza della Bocca della Verita!
Don't miss the chance to find out if your lover is a liar at the Piazza della Bocca della Verita. The square takes its name from one of the most original symbols of Rome, a marble sculpture of a man-like face, situated in the portico of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin. Legend has it that your hand will be bitten off. if you tell a lie when you put your hand in its mouth. There is another legend which says that the sculpture used to be a fountain until until a wise old man managed to deceive it, causing the fountain to dry up.
The Piazza della Bocca della Verita is well-known to all movie-lovers from the iconic 1953 film Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck
Besides the church the square is ovelooked by the Temple of Hercules Victor and the Temple of Portunus.
In front of the two temples is the Fountain of the Tritons, built in 1715; it has an octagonal basis and portrays two tritons supporting a shell from which the water springs.
Until 1868, the square was used for public executions
Piazza della Bocca della Verita
Piazza della Bocca della Verita, 18, Rome
Every day 9:30 - 17:30