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Address: Salizada San Rocco San Polo 3052, 30125 Venice, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 041 52 34 864
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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Renaissance Jewel

Chiesa, Scuola Grande di San Rooco, a short walk from Canal Grande, represents a complex of Palace and church. Built during the 15th centuries as sign of devotion to San Rocco... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Chiesa, Scuola Grande di San Rooco, a short walk from Canal Grande, represents a complex of Palace and church. Built during the 15th centuries as sign of devotion to San Rocco protecting people against the great polague. The interiors comprise treasures and art-works by Tiepolo, Tintoretto, and Giorgione giving fascinating insight to the medieval life of the Venetians. Please mind... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I didn't know that there were any great works of Renaissance art still "in situ" until I luckily stumbled upon this Scuola Grande! It was a most fortuitous stumble because aside from the proliferation of Tintoretto paintings, in place for 500 years, I found a room at the top filled with relics of saints. Being a Catholic, this was a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just go. Make sure to read the brochure as you go through the museum so you can make sense of all the beautiful paintings. If you are curious, go to the top floor and ask to see the wax death mask which is under lock and key.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There were surprisingly few people in the Scuola when we visited, considering the wealth of Tintoretto works on display. The downstairs was a little dark and gloomy, but the remainder of the building had a lot more to offer. The main Sala is pretty spectacular, and we spent some time looking at the ceiling works.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing Tintoretto's works in San Rocco is completely overwhelming....calling it his "Sistine Chapel" is spot-on. It's a beautiful building and definitely worthwhile to see. You pack in a fantastic amount of art in just a couple floors!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fabulous place, but don't do it in cold weather. The first time I went (in summer), I wanted to spend the whole day there. But I won't try it again in winter. The guards sit huddled in tiny booths with space heaters; art lovers are left to stand on stone floors that honestly seem colder than ice,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing place. The gold ceiling is incredible and the library of old books truly worth seeing. Visit doesn't take long but well worth the entrance fee

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe I'm just not a big Tintoretto fan, but I was less impressed by this site than I thought I would be. Still, it is worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three of us visited and hugely liked it but they came out on Jan 2nd complaining of the cold rooms! They say it was well worth it however.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All reviewers have already captured my thoughts on the magnificent Scuola Grande di San Rocco. However, limited attention is given to the collection of religious articles on the top floor. Most in silver, though some in gold, the chalices, monstrances, and other items are a further testimony to the Scuola's wealth. We commented to the young guard on duty about... More 

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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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