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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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Amazing art

This Scuola/museum is definitely worth visiting while in Venice. We were amazed at the beauty and complexity of the art work.We visited with our tour guide and getting the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This Scuola/museum is definitely worth visiting while in Venice. We were amazed at the beauty and complexity of the art work.We visited with our tour guide and getting the background/history really made the scoula "come alive". Tintoretto's works are so detailed that you notice more and more the longer you study each painting. (Tip:The mirrors available in the chapter rooml... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely my favourite spot in Venice: 50 incredible paintings by Tintoretto, elaborate marble floors, wooden decorated ceilings and wooden carved walls. Arts at their top lead you in a mesmerizing experience. Absolute a must!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The connection with between the church and the arts is nowhere better portrayed than here, with the remarkable works of Tintoretto and works by other artists including Titian. The building is all about impressing - and it works incredibly well. The Scuole Grande were very democratic and meritocratic charitable organisations, in some ways akin to the Guilds in the City... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tintoretto at the apex of his powers. Great creativity, fantastic colours, innovative painting. And the architecture alone is worth the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plague plays an important place in the history of Venice. The Church of Santa Maria della Salute was built to commemorate the city’s survival from an attack of plague in the 17th century, and the Scuola di San Rocco which was established in the 15th century, with San Rocco being a protector against plague, commissioned one of the most beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting experience away from most of the tourists. Tintoretto paintings on a colossal scale. €10 standard admission, audio guide €3. Mirror and chairs available so you don't hurt your neck but they are heavy. Photos allowed but little light so need a very good camera. Top floor display of reliquaries and treasures now open. Went straight up stairs which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went inside, for a peep and was amazed by the size of the paintings on the walls you cannot imagine how long it took artist to paint these. We walked around in amazement. well worth a trip away from the crowds at the center.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The frescos and the wall paintings by Tintoretto are beyond words.. they are simply stunning. Make sure you have at least a few hours to spend inside this cathedral. In my top 5 things to do in Venice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to see paintings by the great master Titian then head for this building. They cover the walls and ceilings - upstairs there are hand mirrors to help you.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Instead of touristic visit, try a real concert. We thought about visiting the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, but we realized they had a classic music concert in on of the main rooms. It was worth to attend!

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