Rome (In A Day)
Our next stop was to see the most spectacular view in Rome. Kevin took us through a park and as we turned left, passing the tree line, we were greeted by the insatiable view you can see in the picture above. The dome in the background is St Peters Basilica, Vatican.
After walking down the windy old roads, we came across Bocca delta Verità (Mouth of Truth). This is a carving done using marble stone, from what is likely to be an old manhole cover. The carving reflects a man-like face in the marble. It was used in the Middle Ages by unscrupulous priests who conned the layman into believing that it was a lie detector. To prove you were telling the truth, you would place your arm through the mouth and make a statement; if the statement was deemed to be a lie, it was said that the Mouth would bite your arm off!! Unfortunately to keep the layman under the thumb of the church, there would actually be someone behind the Mouth, who would at random hack people arms off! 😵
Across the road from the Mouth of Truth, were the temples of Hercules and Portunus. Dating from the late 2nd Century B.C. the temple of Hercules was converted into a church in the 12th Century A.D. The temple of Portunus was built between 120 - 80 B.C. in dedication to the god Portunus, who was the god of keys, doors and livestock.
Kevin then led us on to Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary, which is the exact place that Julius Caesar was murdered by a group of around 60 Roman senators who literally stabbed him in the back, chest, neck and anywhere else they could; 23 times!!! 😱