Scuola Grande dei Carmini

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NOT a review of the events that take place here.
Jun 2019
This isn’t a critique of the events that take place in here. I presume the Scuola simply rents the space and has little or nothing to do with the artistic content of the various events. I will therefore limit my comments to the building itself and the artworks within. One of the criticisms levelled at Venice is the crowds. Find yourself around the Rialto, or St. Mark’s and you will understand why. Rialto Bridge, (tick!)…St Mark’s Square, (tick)…Doge’s Palace, (tick) – you get the drift. However, there are places within this beautiful, tourist-strangled city, that are capable of astonishing you and Scuola Grande dei Carmini is one of them. However, before visiting you should ask yourself a question, “Am I really interested in the art? Or do I want to limit myself to “Been there…done that” attractions? Despite visiting Venice twice a year for many, many years now, we too had managed not to step foot in this Scuola. Guide books rate it as something of a poor relation, to Tintoretto’s flamboyant magnificence, at the San Rocco Scuola. Also, it isn’t on what could be called, “the main tourist highway”. There are however, many reasons why you should visit and if you are lucky, (as we were), you could be the only people in the building, (excluding ticket staff). Once inside we were mesmerised. Downstairs there is a sequence of monochrome paintings that, in a city with so much colour, really stand out. The “over-the-top” plasterwork on the ceiling of the twin-staircase that leads to the upper “salone”, is typical of period excess. The upstairs room has a simply magnificent ceiling, by the renowned Giambattista Tiepolo. I’ve never been a big fan up to seeing this work. The ceiling can be studied in detail, using the large hand-held mirrors provided, to allow enjoyment without getting a crick in the neck. Not only is the work a technical tour de force but it has a wonderfully controversial image of The Virgin. During any visit to Italy, you can easily become tired with the sheer quantity of images depicting the Virgin. The Catholic church was paying for these works and – as they say – he who pays the piper, calls the tune. So most characterisations are rather one-dimensional - albeit beautiful ones. What makes this portrayal so different is the look of absolute contempt on her face, as she peers down from her lofty position. In fact the whole ceiling provided, (for me at least), the key to understanding why Tiepolo is held in such high regard. The rest of the upper floor contains artworks that are of varying levels of quality and interest. Another thing that couldn’t avoid being noticed was the immaculate condition of the floor. Not only was its construction absolutely beautiful, but it shone like the day it was laid. Full marks go to the keepers of this Scuola, they are doing a fine job of keeping it in excellent condition for future generations. There’s a triple bonus in visiting the Scuola Grande dei Carmini. When you have finished in the Scuola itself, a visit to the Carmini church next door, is well worth the effort. At the end of your visit, you may feel like a little refreshment and the wonderful Campo Santa Margherita just around the corner, where you can grab a seat at the many excellent bars and restaurants. Top marks.

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Neighborhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighborhood with street artists, students, painters, sculptors, restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica buttresses the neighborhood to the east. Gondolas bob in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbors exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.

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Matthew P
Bury, UK236 contributions
Beautiful building and wedding location, felt like "real" Venice without floods of tourists
Jun 2019
My wife and I were lucky enough to have a wedding ceremony at the Scuola Grande dei Carmini after it was recommended by our fantastic wedding planner.

We arrived by water taxi and instantly felt like we had arrived in what felt like the real Venice. As we walked to the building, locals were smiling, clapping and offered blessings and kind words which was amazing and gratefully received.

From the outside the building looks quite plain, but once we went inside we were absolutely blown away. It contains a number of different rooms with beautiful frescoes, which made it feel like we were getting married in a secret room of the Vatican or Basilica di San Marco. Although I’m only saying that as a comparison, as we wouldn’t have swapped the location for the world! The service took place in the chapel area and then we went next door into a different room to celebrate with an aperitif.

The whole day was absolutely perfect and we loved every second. The photos we have are beautiful and reflect the understated grandeur and elegance of the building. It was very romantic but also felt like a very special and blessed place at the same time.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a visit, even just to have a look around but for a special occasion the building is perfect. Thank you to everyone involved for making our special day so amazing!!
Written June 21, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

John S
Uxbridge, UK887 contributions
NOT a review of the events that take place here.
Jun 2019 • Couples
This isn’t a critique of the events that take place in here. I presume the Scuola simply rents the space and has little or nothing to do with the artistic content of the various events. I will therefore limit my comments to the building itself and the artworks within.

One of the criticisms levelled at Venice is the crowds. Find yourself around the Rialto, or St. Mark’s and you will understand why. Rialto Bridge, (tick!)…St Mark’s Square, (tick)…Doge’s Palace, (tick) – you get the drift. However, there are places within this beautiful, tourist-strangled city, that are capable of astonishing you and Scuola Grande dei Carmini is one of them. However, before visiting you should ask yourself a question, “Am I really interested in the art? Or do I want to limit myself to “Been there…done that” attractions?

Despite visiting Venice twice a year for many, many years now, we too had managed not to step foot in this Scuola. Guide books rate it as something of a poor relation, to Tintoretto’s flamboyant magnificence, at the San Rocco Scuola. Also, it isn’t on what could be called, “the main tourist highway”. There are however, many reasons why you should visit and if you are lucky, (as we were), you could be the only people in the building, (excluding ticket staff).

Once inside we were mesmerised. Downstairs there is a sequence of monochrome paintings that, in a city with so much colour, really stand out. The “over-the-top” plasterwork on the ceiling of the twin-staircase that leads to the upper “salone”, is typical of period excess. The upstairs room has a simply magnificent ceiling, by the renowned Giambattista Tiepolo. I’ve never been a big fan up to seeing this work. The ceiling can be studied in detail, using the large hand-held mirrors provided, to allow enjoyment without getting a crick in the neck.

Not only is the work a technical tour de force but it has a wonderfully controversial image of The Virgin. During any visit to Italy, you can easily become tired with the sheer quantity of images depicting the Virgin. The Catholic church was paying for these works and – as they say – he who pays the piper, calls the tune. So most characterisations are rather one-dimensional - albeit beautiful ones. What makes this portrayal so different is the look of absolute contempt on her face, as she peers down from her lofty position. In fact the whole ceiling provided, (for me at least), the key to understanding why Tiepolo is held in such high regard. The rest of the upper floor contains artworks that are of varying levels of quality and interest.

Another thing that couldn’t avoid being noticed was the immaculate condition of the floor. Not only was its construction absolutely beautiful, but it shone like the day it was laid. Full marks go to the keepers of this Scuola, they are doing a fine job of keeping it in excellent condition for future generations.

There’s a triple bonus in visiting the Scuola Grande dei Carmini. When you have finished in the Scuola itself, a visit to the Carmini church next door, is well worth the effort. At the end of your visit, you may feel like a little refreshment and the wonderful Campo Santa Margherita just around the corner, where you can grab a seat at the many excellent bars and restaurants.

Top marks.
Written June 16, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

starchild0612
Pittsburgh, PA297 contributions
Vivaldi Concert in Costume with Ballet Performance
Apr 2019 • Family
Bought tickets to see Vivaldi concert here, with professional musicians in costume, and ballet. I expected a fairly high end performance with classically trained musicians and dancers. What we saw was a let down. The musicians performed in costume, but maybe because they were afraid to show their faces? The lone ballet dancer only had about 4 moves, and only came out every so often, after her costume change. The music was sub par, and the venue not worth seeing either. For the 100 euros I paid, I just expected a lot more. There was seating for about 75 people, but there were only about 15 people in the audience this night. This was more on track with a high school play. I would not recommend this show.
Written May 20, 2019
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Katie D
Brighton and Hove, UK333 contributions
Beautiful!
Mar 2019 • Solo
I had the building to myself, the paintings are beautiful and the gold leaf carvings are stunning as well as the carvings on the ceiling. Worth a visit! There are they do not accept card!
Written April 5, 2019
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David B L
Los Angeles, CA8,326 contributions
Scuola Grande dei Carmine For Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons w Ballerina & Masked Mini Orchestra
Oct 2018 • Couples
Before our trip we booked tickets online at the classic Venetian former church of Scuola Grande dei Carmine For Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons w Ballerina & Masked Mini Orchestra. The structure itself is classic & it’s a museum of art & paintings. Enjoyed a charming Vivaldi presented by musicians in 17th Century costumes & wearing Carnivale masks. A delightful young Ballerina accompanied the presentation. Delightful experience which only added to our enjoyment of cultured Venice. Highly Recommended!
Written February 7, 2019
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Fafaldi
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
Cool and grand
Oct 2018 • Solo
In truth, I should probably give this place no more than a star or two: the last thing any Venetian depository of art needs is crowds. On the other hand, there could not have been more than three people when I was there, and that number includes me; so this low-key jewel of a scuola could use some extra business. Besides, it's rather unlikely to become an obligatory stopover for the average day-tripper.

I could write a lengthy review, but you really need to see it. The Rococo sumptuousness of the stairways alone is of a staggering beauty. This is before we delve into the intriguing grisaille paintings on the ground floor, or the magnificent paintings and masterpieces of woodwork on the second.

Well worth your time.
Written December 18, 2018
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Karen M
Daylesford, Australia1,188 contributions
Perfect spot for Vivaldi
Nov 2018 • Couples
We had booked for a Vivaldi concert & had lots of trouble finding this place! We eventually did with the help of our Tom Tom & thoroughly enjoyed our concert which included a meal at a nearby restaurant beforehand. The acoustics are beautiful 7 we felt very privileged to be there.
Written December 16, 2018
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tonymav2001
Kew Gardens, NY10 contributions
a hidden rarely seen gem with major frescos by Tiepolo
Mar 2018
Having been to Venice several times I was looking for places I had not been to . Scuola Dei Carmini seemed a good choice and I was very taken by the beauty of the Frescos and the fact that when I was there only 2 or 3 others came into the spaces open to the public - that in contrast to the crowds in so many other important locations . In addition to the frescos the interior architecture , floors and wood work were also remarkable. While not as breathtaking as Scuola di San Rocco this is a must see if you are interested in Venetian paining of the Golden Age.
Written October 11, 2018
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xben2015
New York City, NY18 contributions
Great Performance
Sep 2018 • Solo
I wholeheartedly echo the positive reviews here - this performance is a little-visited hidden gem. The singers, dancer, and the small band are all superb. The 1 hour length was perfect for me. Also superb value vs. the price. The venue is gorgeous as well. One side note: probably need to be in the front 2 rows to fully view the ballet performance - I was in row 4.
Written September 18, 2018
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WoolyDog
Washington DC, DC52 contributions
Hidden gem!
Aug 2018 • Friends
One would think with the great number of tourists in Venice, especially in late summer, that no attraction would be uncrowded but somehow this special place has escaped that issue almost completely. This is the place to go to appreciate great art, including amazing Tiepolo murals and ceilings, as well as one of the most fantastic staircases ever. Definitely off the beaten track and worthwhile!
Written August 30, 2018
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