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Bocca Della VeritÓ

Bocca Della VeritÓ

This mask is situated in the anteroom of a small church.
It is, however, one of the major tourist attractions in Rome: the reason is the ancient belief that if you put your hand in it and lie, you will not be able to retrieve it again.
A slightly different explanation heard was that it would actually bite off the hand of people swearing falsely.
When I was there, all people (including myself) passed the "test" without problem.