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Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Ranked #9 of 792 things to do in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 27, 2017

the décor and architecture of these places is beyond words. I was really take aback by the tapestrys and its such a shame that some of them were damaged by bombs but, the San Rocco is worth a visit.

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Reviewed November 19, 2017 via mobile

The scuola consists of two vast rooms - both of them very grand in their way, with massive paintings on the walls and ceilings. The setting is well done, with lighting arranged like torches to properly show off the art works. There are also side rooms with their own exhibits of Church plate etc or paintings. It’s 10€ per person. I have to admit, even as a fan of Tintoretto, the artworks are difficult to access; the paintings are darkened - I presume by smoke from before the advent of electrical lighting. There are some that are stunning, but I left feeling a bit underwhelmed. The impact of the sala superiore is still something to see though.

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Reviewed November 17, 2017

I am not a classical scholar of any sort, so this is just a recommendation to visit this place and to be amazed. Entry on the ground floor allows you to see about a dozen massive paintings. In other cities, these might be enough to justify the entrance, but in Venice - to a normal member of the public - these were perhaps slightly underwhelming. However, with little fanfare, you make your way up a couple of flights of stairs, to the main hall where you will find ceiling paintings, carvings, an alter and just completely mind-boggling detail and artistic skill. Be sure to make use of the mirrors to look at the ceiling, and to explore the linked rooms.

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Reviewed November 15, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to the Scuolo and in particular the second level. Pick up a mirror at the end of the room and walk around with it holding it like a platter. It will magnify the beautiful paintings on the ceiling and walls and you won’t have to tilt your head back to see anything!! You just look into the mirror. The museum workers really should tell you this but none of them said anything. The works of art are amazing but I think admission price is a little steep at €10 each.

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Reviewed November 10, 2017

We did not go into the main building but rather spent time visiting the other museum across from it. Amazing little museum with working models of some of DaVinci's inventions. Definitely a "hidden jewel" that was a worthwhile 2 hours.

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