The Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verità in Italian) is a marble mask dating back to Roman times, located in the pronaos of the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin since 1632, in the historic centre of Rome. The legend about the Mouth of Truth is known all over the world, and there are many people who during their visit to Rome decide to pass through Santa Maria in Cosmedin, to undergo the sculpture’s test of the truth. Located in the Ripa district, the Mouth of Truth gives its name to an entire square, Piazza della Bocca della Verità, a few steps from the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus and therefore included in the limited traffic area of Rome. Getting to the Mouth of Truth by car can be complicated, and if you don't want to spend hours in your car looking for a parking space in the historic centre of Rome, then you can always book a parking space near the Mouth of Truth in advance with Parclick! This way, you can check out the prices and services of the various car parks in the centre of Rome that Parclick recommends, and then book what you need to ensure you a reserved parking space on your arrival. You will find several car parks near the Mouth of Truth, supervised and safe, where you can leave your car in peace while visiting the main points of interest of Rome! Within a few minutes walking distance you can reach the Mouth of Truth and the symbolic places surrounding it, including of course the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, and the archaeological area of the Forum Boarium, with the Temple of Portunus and the Temple of Hercules Winner.
Near the Mouth of Truth, you will also find the bus stops 44, 44F, 83, 170, 716, 781, N3, N9 and N19, with which you can then travel to other districts of Rome.
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Today everyone has heard of the Mouth of Truth at least once. This ancient and large marble mask represents a masculine face, and at the time of ancient Rome was used…as a manhole!
It was during the Middle Ages that the Mouth of Truth was attributed particular powers, such as the ability to pronounce oracles, while the name Mouth of Truth was given to it from 1485.
According to legend, the Mouth of Truth has the ability to understand if the person who puts his hand into the cavity of his mouth is telling the truth about fidelity to his/her partner.
According to legend, in fact, only those who are honest and put their hand in can then withdraw it, while those who lie would no longer be able to extract their hand from the cavity.
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