"Are you a truthful person?? :)))" Bocca della Verita – Mouth of Truth - in Santa Maria in Cosmedin Tip by aliante1981

  Bocca della Verita' itself
by aliante1981

Well, I hope and trust you are, else do not even think of following this tip:)) Joking, I do not myself believe the ‘Bocca della Verita’ (or ‘the mouth of truth’) legend but it is such a splendid one that it made the place justly famous. Now, according to this legend, the mouth, looking like a mask, was really useful for finding out who the criminal is, and also who violated his/her word. You just made the suspect put his hand inside the mask’s mouth and, if he was lying, there was no way he could get his hand back. I wonder why they needed lawyers in the first place, with such a device:)))

Let’s be serious now. According to a more realistic theory, it was a decoration or a water source in the Roman baths. The age of the ‘Bocca della Verita’ was determined quite precisely, too, and put down as the 6th century before Christ. As for the face - it’s the god called Favn. But the legend sounds much more engaging and interesting:))

Address: Piazza della Bocca della Verita
Phone: +39 06 678 7759

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  • Updated Oct 3, 2003
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