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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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Seeing Tintoretto's works in San Rocco is completely overwhelming....calling it his "Sistine Chapel" is spot-on. It's a beautiful building and definitely worthwhile to see. You... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There were surprisingly few people in the Scuola when we visited, considering the wealth of Tintoretto works on display. The downstairs was a little dark and gloomy, but the remainder of the building had a lot more to offer. The main Sala is pretty spectacular, and we spent some time looking at the ceiling works.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Seeing Tintoretto's works in San Rocco is completely overwhelming....calling it his "Sistine Chapel" is spot-on. It's a beautiful building and definitely worthwhile to see. You pack in a fantastic amount of art in just a couple floors!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a fabulous place, but don't do it in cold weather. The first time I went (in summer), I wanted to spend the whole day there. But I won't try it again in winter. The guards sit huddled in tiny booths with space heaters; art lovers are left to stand on stone floors that honestly seem colder than ice,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing place. The gold ceiling is incredible and the library of old books truly worth seeing. Visit doesn't take long but well worth the entrance fee

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe I'm just not a big Tintoretto fan, but I was less impressed by this site than I thought I would be. Still, it is worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three of us visited and hugely liked it but they came out on Jan 2nd complaining of the cold rooms! They say it was well worth it however.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All reviewers have already captured my thoughts on the magnificent Scuola Grande di San Rocco. However, limited attention is given to the collection of religious articles on the top floor. Most in silver, though some in gold, the chalices, monstrances, and other items are a further testimony to the Scuola's wealth. We commented to the young guard on duty about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a remarkable place . You are walking into a hospital and then suddenly you get the most amazing museum. The ceilings and murals are unbelievable. If you come here you also get to see more of the "lived in Venice".

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Numerous paintings by Jacopo Robusti, known by the world as "Tintoretto," son of a Venetian dyer. Tintoretto worked under Titian but soon was a master in his own right. The works are on the walls and ceilings of the Sala Dell'Albergo, Sala Capitolare, and Sala Terrena. Unlike the frescoes in other parts of Italy (dryer parts), the paintings were done... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

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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