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Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Named after the city’s protector against the devastation of plague, San Rocco is home to marvellous Tintoretto paintings.

TravelCurious Tip

A little off the beaten track, this scuola is a great choice if you’re looking for a slightly more peaceful Venetian experience.

Of Venice’s six great guilds, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco is by some way the best preserved. These guilds formed a network of religious brotherhoods which were each dedicated to a particular endeavor, usually involving helping the needy. San Rocco was the patron saint of the plague-stricken, and the scuola dedicated to him was founded in 1478 the wake of a virulent outbreak of the disease in the city.

The guild’s building was not finished until nearly 100 years later, and it now stands grand and proud on the Campo San Rocco, a gleaming edifice of white marble complete with all the intricately carved columns and sweeping arches that characterise 16th century Venetian architecture.


The Best of Tintoretto

Inside, the scuola is comprised of two main halls, the sala terra on the ground floor and the sala superiore on the floor above, together with various smaller chambers. Stepping inside is a treat for art lovers. Every painting here was completed by the Venetian master Tintoretto or his assistants, and all of his most famous works are here. The sala terra contains works depicting the life story of the Virgin Mary, as well as a beautiful portrayal of The Annunciation, while the hall upstairs features vivid paintings of scenes from the Old Testament. The most spectacular of these is the busy Miracle of the Bronze Serpent, whose moody brushstrokes depict so much that on first viewing the panting can be rather overwhelming. It’s rare to find such a comprehensive catalogue of one artists output in one place, and this scuola is a fine example.


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Cold Cuts & Cheese
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Related Tours

Private Venice in a Day: St. Marks, Doge's Palace & Rialto Walking Tour
If this is your one day in Venice, then there’s no better way to see the highlights (with all tickets included) and explore off the beaten track than on a full-day private tour, designed for you. Discover the architectural and artistic highlights of Venice on this full-day tour! On your private tour, you will:

  • Be accompanied by a private, licensed tour guide throughout your tour. 
  • Visit the vibrant produce and fish markets of Venice.
  • Step into St Mark’s Basilica, where you’ll see its spectacular mosaic, gold ceilings. 
  • See the best of Venice’s highlights, including the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square.
  • Break for lunch in Campo Santa Margherita, a favourite with locals.
  • See the La Fenice Theatre, the Bovolo Staircase, see where the Venetian courtesans of the 1500s lived!
  • Visit the Doge’s Palace, with skip-the-line tickets to the former seat of the Venetian government
  • Gain insight into the workings of the Venetian Confraternities, as you visit the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, decorated with paintings by the great master: Tintoretto (tickets included).
  • Visit the neighbourhoods of San Polo, Dorsoduro, San Marco and Castello. 
  • End the tour off the beaten tourist path, where your guide can recommend dining options or help you get on a Venetian gondola (price not included)
  • Please note that the Markets are closed on Sundays and Mondays. If you wish to visit these markets please book a Tuesday - Saturday tour departure.

This tour is all about making sure you experience the best of Venice in a single day –nearly an impossible task. You will see the world-famous St Mark’s Square— probably one of Italy’s most iconic locations and Venice’s largest urban open space. This square is enclosed by the astonishing St Mark’s Basilica and the magnificent Doge’s Palace. Not only will you visit St Mark’s Basilica but also enjoy skip-the-line tickets to the Doge’s Palace, which rises majestically above the waters of the Grand Canal on St Mark’s Square. It remains one of the best examples of Venetian gothic architecture. 

Your guide will be sure to show you the highlights, including the Rialto Bridge, famed as the oldest bridge to cross the Grand Canal, its arcade full of small souvenir shops is the best place to buy beautiful Venetian masks and feathers. On your tour, you will also visit the breathtaking building of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, named after St. Rocco, the saint protector against the devastation of the plague, and is where you will have the chance to admire dozens of Tintoretto paintings. At the end of your tour, your guide will be sure to give you expert recommendations on how to spend an evening in Venice –from a gondola ride to the best spots for dinner. 

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