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Address: Salizada San Rocco San Polo 3052, 30125 Venice, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 041 52 34 864
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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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Beautiful wall to ceiling Tintorettos and works by Tiepolo (my favourite) and Giorgione. Absolutely stunning!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful wall to ceiling Tintorettos and works by Tiepolo (my favourite) and Giorgione. Absolutely stunning!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Another gem of a find, unbelievably crafted ceilings are a must, great building that is well worth visiting and must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderful way to go back in time and see, in situ, such a wonderful collection of works. Simply magnificent. As suggested in the title I would strongly recommend taking the audio tour to hear the history of the building and how the works were created. As indicated in another review it does get very cold in winter so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful and interesting side of Venice. Amazing grand ceilings. Beware if its winter it's freezing inside!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a place you have to visit absolutely! Not big but impressive. The ceiling is extraordinary. Lots of wonderful paintings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another place not to miss on your trip to Venice. The artwork will take your breath away. It is also fun because so much of the artwork in on the ceiling there are mirrors which you can use. You hold the mirror so it points at the ceiling and then you can just walk around and see all the art... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (known as the Frari) which is next door first. It's well worth doing both. This is basically wall to ceiling Tintorettos - it was his home church. And on the third floor is a display of treasures - various altar pieces etc. and a large number of reliquaries. These are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 weeks ago 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 weeks ago

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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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 neighbourhood. 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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