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Address: Salizada San Rocco San Polo 3052, 30125 Venice, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 041 523 4864
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a lay confraternity founded in 1478. The...

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a lay confraternity founded in 1478. The popularity of the cult of St. Roch, whose remains had been in the possession of the brotherhood since 1485, contributed to the latter's rapid expansion to the extent of it becoming the richest Scuola of the city. At that point it was decided to build a new monumental headquarters and engage Tintoretto to decorate it with his most celebrated pictorial cycle, illustrating episodes from the New and Old Testaments. It is the only one of the historic Scuole Grandi to have survived the fall of the republic. It is a unique site, where over 60 paintings are preserved in their original setting in a building that has hardly undergone any alteration since its construction. The confraternity is still active today, carrying out its traditional charitable duties as well as looking after its extraordinary artistic patrimony.

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Tintoretto's Sistine Chapel

Often called "Tintoretto's Sistine Chapel," the Scuola Grande di San Rocco is next to Frari Church. The meeting hall is covered in 50 gigantic paintings that are a sight to... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Often called "Tintoretto's Sistine Chapel," the Scuola Grande di San Rocco is next to Frari Church. The meeting hall is covered in 50 gigantic paintings that are a sight to behold. The audio guide is worth it (please note: there is a charge for the audio guide--it is not included in the entrance fee, as our guide book thought). Not... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the few Scuola still in operation. This building is a work of art. It can be toured on ones own but having a guide adds so much to the experience.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love to see art in situ and this place is brimming with Tintoretto's work. It is the best place in Venice you've never heard of.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Worth the 3 euros to get the head phones. The crowds are not even that bad right now and they are bad around St. Mark's Square. We were looking for something beautiful but not as overrun with people. This is the place. The ceilings by Tintoretto were beautiful but the wood carved panels around the major room were amazingly detailed.... More 

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We hadn't particularly planned a visit here, but as we were strolling through San Polo we realised it was right next to us - so we popped in to see what there was. We were blown away - not just by the famous paintings on the ground floor, but far more so by the unbelievable main room on the first... More 

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New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been entirely put off by the baying hoards around St Mark's we spent a lot of time doodling around the back streets of Venice and looking at what seemed to be much less popular, but extremely interesting buildings and museums. This was well worth the fee to get in and although there were a fair number of other people... More 

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Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Trully hidden gem, off the crowds. Well worth a visit, stunning interiors. Shame we could not rent the audio guide as we did not carry our ID or credit card. Would be great to get more background info off the life of the scuola in the olden days.

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Red Deer, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unexpected find, no hype and few people. Beautiful colours that change with sun location, go twice at different times. Small/no entry fee.

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got here late in the afternoon but had just enough time to take in this amazing gallery. I could have spent much looker in here. No spoilers as you have to see for yourself. But ale a look at some of the locks on the doors. Often we walk past some beautiful simple works of art.

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Maribor, Slovenia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Place is simply the best Mannerist (late High Renaissance) interior in Venice. Duke's palace has some bigger rooms but this place is unique. Take some time to explore paintings and the meaning of them. Yes, you will need to pay an entrance fee and walk up to the upper floor. Palace is near the Piazzale Roma. Try to find time... More 

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San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.
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