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Address: Salizada San Rocco San Polo 3052, 30125 Venice, Italy
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+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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Sistine Chapel of Venice

This is actually like the Sistine Chapel of Rome, it’s just that surrounded by small alleys and floating in Venice.Tintoretto artworks are really magnificent sight not to miss... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2015
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Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is actually like the Sistine Chapel of Rome, it’s just that surrounded by small alleys and floating in Venice.Tintoretto artworks are really magnificent sight not to miss. Wonderful paintings on the walls and ceilings telling biblical story and how their life is before.

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Reviewed August 15, 2015

The art by Tintoretto & Titian is amazing to behold. The building itself is magnificent and the ceiling paintings are absolutely breathtaking. Don't forget to pick up one of the mirrors in the corner of the hall to enjoy them without straining your neck too much! Definitely worth the visit!

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Reviewed August 14, 2015

Like all places in Venice the ambience is overwhelming, the fact of buildings immersed in water gives such character that words are a poor description it just has to be seen to be believed and appreciated.

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Reviewed August 14, 2015

An art gem in Venice with spectacular biblical paintings by Tintoretto on a very large scale on walls and ceiling of the building. It is 10 Euro to enter. Is that worth it to you - well you are seeing some of Tintoretto's most prominent works that were painted between 1564 and 1587 in their original location. If you appreciate... More 

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Reviewed August 12, 2015

Missed by a lot of people but worth looking at as it is stunning and part of what Venice is all about.

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Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

The artwork in this amazing building really allows you to follow biblical lives and stories... Fantastic! Perhaps €10 is a little steep though?

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Reviewed August 11, 2015

Taking a day to get lost and wonder the alley ways of Venice is a must. Stumbled upon this place while looking for an area to have lunch. A lot to take in and appreciate the Venetian lifestyle.

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Reviewed August 8, 2015

Beautiful paintings on the ceiling. I must if you are in Venice! This is my second time here... and I'd go again.

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Reviewed July 31, 2015

Wanted to love this place but the sales agent wasn't too friendly and the noise on the 1st floor from workmen (2nd to those from the US) was ridiculous and made enjoying the space and the art close to impossible.

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Reviewed July 27, 2015

Amazing masterpieces by Tintoretto on the walls and ceilings. Make sure to grab the guide on your way in that tells you what you are looking at in each scene.

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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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