We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Funny tradition

Many places all over the world have some silly traditions , where the passerbys touch or even rub a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
kostasantono
,
Athens, Greece
Statue of St. Peter

This famous ancient bronze statue of St. Peter sits on a throne as he gives blessings while holding... read more

Reviewed November 29, 2018
nellielim
,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Read all 280 reviews
138
All photos (138)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“worn smooth”(3 reviews)
“left foot”(3 reviews)
“original form”(2 reviews)
About
This masterpiece shows St. Peter sitting bearded and dressed as a philosopher, with his left hand carrying keys, the right hand being raised in blessing.
Contact
Vatican City, Italy
Website
Improve This Listing
Reviews (280)
Filter reviews
101 results
Traveler rating
57
35
9
0
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
57
35
9
0
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews worn smooth left foot original form world power central nave prime position great importance keep the line moving amazing monument devout catholic thousand years his life art treasures long line beautiful things pilgrims kiss
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 101 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many places all over the world have some silly traditions , where the passerbys touch or even rub a part of a statue which promises health,luck,longevity etc.It was nice to see such a tradition (rubbing st Peters foot) in one of the greates churches in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kostasantono
Reviewed November 29, 2018

This famous ancient bronze statue of St. Peter sits on a throne as he gives blessings while holding the keys to the kingdom of heaven. The right toe has been worn thin by visitors touching his foot.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nellielim
Reviewed November 2, 2018

We were told that if you touch his foot that you would be bledded for life. I already feel that way but I touched anyway!

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank steve f
Reviewed October 31, 2018

there is always a queue in front of a lifesize statue of st peter in the basilica . legend has it that touching that kissing the toe brings good luck and hence most people visiting the basilica indulge in this roman ritaul. as a result...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dishaa S
Reviewed October 28, 2018

The bronze statue of St Peter sitting on a throne, with the keys of heaven in hand is situated in St Peter's Basilica. Other times it was possible to touch the foot of the statue, but with the new security regulations, you can't reach near...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Gabriel A
Reviewed October 20, 2018

Legend has it that if you rub his foot, you will be blessed. One foot is obviously a different color. One guy patted his knee. Seriously?

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank cweave02000
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

If your facing the altar this is on the right handside. It was sectioned off so no one can go hear it. Can only appreciate it from afar

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MaGraciaB
Reviewed September 23, 2018

It's said that to touch his right foot is to bring good luck. I can't imagine how many people have done this but the bronze is actually worn off his right foot! I definitely stood in line.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lissy0717
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Many times by belonging to a tour group you are given preferential treatment. There is no way to skip this line, however. People who do choose to wait are permitted to touch the feet of the statue. For 500 years this has been done resulting...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Carol H
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

St. Peter’s statue is remarkable and so spiritual as he sits over those who pass by. You rub his foot for blessings. It is all smoothed down, but even though, I still felt blessed when I rubbed it.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Lori O
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Residenza Paolo VI
537 reviews
.11 miles away
Emmaus
391 reviews
.19 miles away
Starhotels Michelangelo
1,331 reviews
.20 miles away
Vatican View
821 reviews
.23 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 2 nearby restaurants
Pizza Zizza Caffetteria Birreria Desserteria
2,662 reviews
.16 miles away
Mastro Pistacchio
76 reviews
.19 miles away
Station Pizza
92 reviews
.17 miles away
Ristorante La Vittoria
937 reviews
.17 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 62 nearby attractions
St. Peter's Basilica
36,950 reviews
.02 miles away
Via Francigena
49 reviews
.06 miles away
Sistine Chapel
18,162 reviews
.07 miles away
La Pieta
4,211 reviews
.07 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from St. Peter Enthroned staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines