A circular marble sculpture of a large face with an open mouth, which was in all likelihood used as drain cover, owes its allure to the superstition according to which the “Bocca della Verità” bites off the hand of anyone not telling the truth.
Today it is to be found in the portico of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and is of Rome’s major attractions, each year drawing thousands of visitors.


Piazza della Bocca della Verità, 18


During winter: open 9.30am-5.00pm (last admission at 4.50pm)
During summer: open 9.30am-6.00pm (last admission at 5.50pm)