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Address: Salizada San Rocco San Polo 3052, 30125 Venice, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 041 523 4864
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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Seemed like an undiscovered gem.

Having been entirely put off by the baying hoards around St Mark's we spent a lot of time doodling around the back streets of Venice and looking at what seemed to be much less... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having been entirely put off by the baying hoards around St Mark's we spent a lot of time doodling around the back streets of Venice and looking at what seemed to be much less popular, but extremely interesting buildings and museums. This was well worth the fee to get in and although there were a fair number of other people... More 

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Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Trully hidden gem, off the crowds. Well worth a visit, stunning interiors. Shame we could not rent the audio guide as we did not carry our ID or credit card. Would be great to get more background info off the life of the scuola in the olden days.

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Red Deer, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unexpected find, no hype and few people. Beautiful colours that change with sun location, go twice at different times. Small/no entry fee.

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We got here late in the afternoon but had just enough time to take in this amazing gallery. I could have spent much looker in here. No spoilers as you have to see for yourself. But ale a look at some of the locks on the doors. Often we walk past some beautiful simple works of art.

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Maribor, Slovenia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Place is simply the best Mannerist (late High Renaissance) interior in Venice. Duke's palace has some bigger rooms but this place is unique. Take some time to explore paintings and the meaning of them. Yes, you will need to pay an entrance fee and walk up to the upper floor. Palace is near the Piazzale Roma. Try to find time... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Blown away by this amazing place. Make sure you go up the stairs to actually see the room! Apparently some tourists don't make it! The room, the paintings, the carvings,the floor... It's breathtaking. There are seats all around the room so that you can pause in different places to take in the beauty. Mirrors are provided so that you can... More 

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Oshawa, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of all the places I visited in Venice this is the location I would put on the must see list for every artist and historian. Every room is deeply moving for it's artistic achievement and puts to shame the contemporary art scene. The depth of feeling and symbolic meaning of the paintings and sculpture is arresting and is in many... More 

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Billinge, Lancashire
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Scuola Grande di San Rocco :- Avery interesting experience away from most of the tourists. Tintoretto paintings on a colossal scale. €10 admission. Photos allowed but little light so really you need an SLR camera. Top floor display of reliquaries and treasures now open. Went straight up stairs which are being restored/cleaned. Detail of carvings, marble and plasterwork as impressive... More 

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing series of paintings by Tintoretto - the upper hall is particularly magnificent and you need time to admire the wonderful works. Not only the paintings but the beautifully carved wooden figures. There are mirrors to use to enable easier viewing of the ceiling. Currently restoration work is being carried out to the stonework on the grand staircase with... More 

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled on this opportunity, booked for following evening. Not expensive but a real treat to hear Vivaldi's Four Seasons played in a traditional Chamber by a Chamber orchestra in baroque period dress. Highly accomplished musitions and a delight to the eyes and ears alike.

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