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The sculpture, which represents a bearded male face, is dated to the first century BC

It is made up of marble and the side wall of the portico in the church of santa maria in cosmedin, by 1632

That would still recommend visiting because it is worth admiring a mosaic in detail enclosed in its interior. The sculpture is thought to be part of a first-century ancient Roman fountain, or perhaps a manhole cover and illustrating one of several possible apostate gods, probably Oceanus. Most Romans believe that the 'Bocca' represents the ancient god of the Tiber River. The original mask, with a diameter of 1.75 meters and weighing 1,300 pounds, it was probably an old manhole, in fact, the holes of the eyes, nose and mouth, they served to drain rainwater. Its fame is linked to the popular tradition, exactly, it is assumed that putting your hand into the slot of the mouth, is severed with a bite in the event of lie or betrayal.

A man brought by unfaithful woman

In this regard, a legend, an unfaithful woman was brought by her husband, a little suspicious, the Mouth of Truth to be subjected to the test. He managed to save his hand with a ruse. Indeed, the churches unfaithful lover to present himself in front of the famous stone and pretend to be crazy throwing his arms, his lover did so shortly before the fateful question of her husband, so he was able to swear the woman with his hand inside the mouth, the only woman who had ever embraced her husband and that he had been "crazy" that everyone had seen!

In 1953, the unforgettable movie Roman holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck consecrated the undisputed reputation of the Mouth of Truth and by then it is a must for any tourist. The Mouth of Truth is known to English-speaking audiences mostly from its appearance in the 1953 film Roman holiday. The film also used the Mouth of Truth as a storytelling device since both Hepburn's and Peck's characters are not initially truthful with each other. To get there just get off at the “Circus Maximus" of Metro Line B and then, with a short walk along the Circus Maximus, then Bocca Della verita will arrive. In the summer months, the row to make the fateful photo with his hand inserted in the “dangerous" crack, is very long and it is inevitable, but in the winter months in a few minutes you can try to risk amputation!!

The famous old manhole in rome

Although it is "just an old manhole," you cannot resist the temptation to challenge urban legends that lurk behind this face so severe, so with a little 'patience, you will also have a memorial photo and you'll feel a bit ' you too Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman holiday. There is a similar carving of a lion in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu and India that, according to local lore, bites off one's hand if a lie is told. In France at Parc Astérix, a reproduction of the Mouth is used as a bin and thanks the people dropping garbage down its throat.

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