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“Timeless attraction” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Scuola Grande di San Rocco
San Polo, 3052 | Campo San Rocco, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Polo)
0415234864
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Ranked #1 of 213 attractions in Venice
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Timeless attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Wonderful building with utterly fabulous paintings by Tintoretto. The carved panels will amaze you and the vast, globe lights in the upper room are heavenly. Worth every penny though the audio guide is a little confusing The toilet is ludicrous: be prepared for a contortion act to get in or out and the "cafe" turned out to be a depressing vending machine poinredly stationed by the turnstile on the way out- though the building is cavernous... As with many places in Venice, the assistants are not friendly or particularly helpful or welcoming: don't they see that Venice relies on tourism? Ignore this, however and be overwhelmed by the grace and drama of this splendid Scuola.

Visited October 2013
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jaipur
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“Should not be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The paintings here leave you positively dazzled . All this the work of just one man!!!! Using the mirrors to look at the work on the ceiling can prevent you from cricks in the neck,No crowds either.

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“Magnificent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This historical Scuola was recommended by our tour guide for a visit during a free afternoon and we now know why. The awe-inspiring works by Tintoretto combined with the intricate architecture of the building itself result in a spectacular venue. The considerable scale of Tintoretto's paintings and the incredibly ornate detailing of the ceiling and walls are truly impressive.

A paper guide/layout diagram located in the entrance hall is definitely necessary in order to discover the titles & subjects of the paintings/sculptures. In the great upper hall, large magnifying mirrors are provided for guests to view the ceiling without straining your neck. It is correct that a lot of the works are dark, especially the ones on the stairs, but the impact as you reach the second floor is astounding. Photography is prohibited and there are many attendants throughout the venue to ensure that visitors don't violate this rule.

Absolutely worth every euro of the admission price.

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Stockholm
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“Beautiful, moving, touching!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

When you go to a city like Venice, you know that you have to choose between all places with art. Having visited several, we found this is one of the best. This is not a huge buildning, but 2-3 rooms filled with Tintoretto paintings.

The best is the second floor where the huge Biblical paintings cover the walls and ceilings. (€ 8) is nothing for an experiance like this!

Some reviews complain about the ”information map” which you get at the entrance. And this is really important stuff, which you cannot do without, ”the amateurish paper leaflet”. I agree that this is poorly made and that demanded time and effort to understand.

But once you understand go for it. We listened, watched, and compared the painings from the Old Testament with the ones from the New Testament. That was some Bible study! (Don’t forget the third room.)
Beautiful, moving, touching!

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Scotland
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“Spectacular & entirely worthwhile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I do not consider myself an art enthusiast, however I was drawn to the Scuola Grande di S. Rocco after hearing of the genius and creativity of Tintoretto. The artwork and intricate architecture compliment each other, creating a completely spectacular interior.
Start in the Albergo Hall on the second floor, as that's where Tintoretto began his artwork in the building...it is better appreciated by starting there and working your way back down.
I found the largest piece, entitled 'The Crucifixion' both moving and intriguing (found in the Albergo hall).

Entry fee is a worthwhile €8. The paper handout is a 'must' in order to discover the titles & subjects of the paintings - found in the entrance hall, along with an audio guide that you can ask for. In the great upper hall, the mirrors available are the best way to view the ceiling paintings.

On a side note, the church of San Rocco is worth a few minutes of your time if you're passing on the way to the Scuola Grande.

Note: There are several Scuola Grande's in Venice, take care not to follow the map to one of the wrong one.

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