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“Sistine Chapel of Venice”

Scuola Grande di San Rocco
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Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide
Ranked #8 of 687 things to do in Venice
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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.
Union City, California
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“Sistine Chapel of Venice”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

If this place were located, say, in the USA, it would be a main attraction. Since it is in Venice Italy, it is not as well-known. That is an advantage because it was not crowded at all, unlike many places in Venice. If you need a place that has gorgeous art and is not overcrowded with tourists, make the time to come here. We started on the ground floor and then went up to the next floor. The mirrors seemed a little heavy so we ended up not using them, but it was fun to try it for a while. On the top floor there were also some interesting pieces in a small room.

Visited May 2014
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“Wonderful, specially before the tourists arrive”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

We got there around 9:30 AM and were almost the first people there. Gorgeous Tintoretto paintings, impressive decor and a great feeling overall. Plus, a rare experience to be away from tourists in Venice. They did start coming in by the time we left, so would strongly advise going early as we did.

Visited June 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Worthwhile visit, beautiful art”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

If you enjoy seeing beautiful art in a relaxed, authentic environment, you must visit San Rocco. The description of San Rocco as "Tinteretto's Sistine Chapel" gives you a good idea of what you're in for. The artwork is phenomenal! There is a piece of the artwork that is not faded, so you can see what the paintings looked like back in the 16th century. The audio guide is very dry, so I do recommend bringing a guidebook. Other than that, my family and I loved visiting it. In fact, most of us enjoyed it more than San Marco.

Visited June 2014
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Great place to see Tintoretto”
Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

Many beautiful pieces by the Italian painter Tintoretto who made this place his own Sistine Chapel. You can easily take an hour or two to stroll around and view the dozens of artworks using the free audio guide.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Do not miss”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

If you are at all interested in art, and even if you are not, then you must make a point of visiting this Scuola which is entirely covered in paintings by Tintoretto. Takes at least an hour to go round. It is recommended that you start in the Sala dell' Albergo - a smaller room just off the main hall which is upstairs. The roof and walls of the main hall are covered with paintings and there are hand held mirrors you can utilise to view the roof paintings. Well worth the admission fee which includes an audio guide.

Visited June 2014
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