The Bocca Della Verita
Outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin is a small 18th Century porch which houses the Bocca Della Verita, or "Mouth of Truth." This 4th Century depiction of a river god is a renowned image thought to be part of an ancient Roman fountain, portraying one of several possible pagan gods.
The most famous characteristic of the Mouth, however, is its role as a lie detector. Starting from the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie with his hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. The piece was placed in the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in the 17th Century.
The core value at Veritas is superior client service grounded in truth. The value of truth begets our integrity and reputation, paving a path for unparalleled service and success. Veritas prides itself in our ability to place a hand in the "Bocca Della Verita," and comfortably remove it without a scratch.