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Address: Salizada San Rocco San Polo 3052, 30125 Venice, Italy
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+39 041 52 34 864
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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This was the first stop on our visit to Venice and it did not disappoint. The massive paintings are breathtaking, the handout they give you when you enter provides the names of... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first stop on our visit to Venice and it did not disappoint. The massive paintings are breathtaking, the handout they give you when you enter provides the names of the major works and makes it easy to ensure you see everything. We went at 3pm on a Saturday and it was empty.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

30 years of work by one artist to decorate a huge and beautiful building. It just takes the breath away and you can't help but feel that Tintoretto was quite some artist!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing place cost 8 euros to get in and you have to be able to get to the top floor, but this is Venice and steps are everywhere. Opera singer in the square outside and then we went on to Church of the Friars. 3 euros each to get and truly wonderful. The Titan is a must see. Best sights... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth a visit, however, there were some works going on when we visited which was disruptive, would have been a very peaceful visit otherwise. The architecture and paintings are amazing and mesmerising. The entry fee is 10 Euros so make sure you study everything! The room on the first floor just took my breath away! Would recommend if you like... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

O my last day, cool and raining, I decided to venture to this Scuola (fraternity or guild house). I am so glad I went ... it was so peaceful. I could sit in one of the carved chairs against the wall and look up at the ceiling covered with Tintoretto's beautiful work. The guard came to tell me they were... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing architecture and paintings, very detailed and meticulous. The entrance is paid, just as most things in Venice.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was not on our list of "must sees" but when we got lost lost we discovered this gem! Only 8 euros to go inside, this is a true bargain, where else would you find a ceiling that compares with the Sistine Chapel,and yes, I have seen the Sistine Chapel, but this is more welcoming with hand held mirrors for... More 

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Was recommended to visit here and it was worth the visit. Don't forget to pick up the mirrors at the end of the hall to save your neck (though they are pretty heavy). We had a good guide book that talked through the images but it was fun to try to guess which stories the others were representing. couldn't quite... More 

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Reviewed 2 March 2017

After hitting the much recognized landmarks of Venice, a focus on the second tier is rewarded with spectacular architecture and art. The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is one such reward. This richly decorated and spacious meeting place is noted for its Tintoretto painted canvases on the walls and ceilings. The reliquary on the upper floor contains many devotional relics... More 

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Reviewed 28 February 2017

From ceiling to wall, virtually every space is a different artwork in the impressive main hall of Scuola di San Rocco! Dedicated to the patron saint of plague, Scuola di San Rocco was one of the once many great religious schools throughout Venezia, but this particular one was the only one that survived the test of time and political changes.... More 

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