• Visit includes:

    Scuola di San Rocco and Church

  • Facilities:

    educational tools for an in-depth experience.

  • Cost:

    all tours are customized on client’s requests, so is the fee.

  • Tailor made tour available:

    a walking tour to the discovery of other Scuole; a walk in S. Polo district.

  • Duration:

    2-3 hours.


The Tour

Known as the Tintoretto’s “Sistine Chapel”, the Scuola houses the greatest work of the painter.
Over twenty years spent by Tintoretto to illustrate in the most fascinating way the walls and the ceilings of the huge building.
A visionary travel in the Bible’s scenes, an outstanding place, a dramatic topic like the plague.

The tour will follow in the church, where other stunning art works are preserved and in surrounding area, to find out signs and evidences of the Scuola in the past daily life.

Scuola di San Rocco

Built in the first half of the 16th c., itwas the site of a brotherhood aimed to help the needy especially during the devastating plague epidemies.

Like others in the city, itreceived the title of “Grande” – big, important – by the Council of Ten and therewas the possibility to erectsuch an imposing site.

Jacopo Tintoretto, who later became a member of it, won the competition for the decoration of the ceiling – thanks to a clever trick which will be explained on the tour – and, step by step, he assured himself the wholedecoration.

Other artist sleft their sign in this Scuola, suchas Titian and Bernardo Strozzi, aswell as great artisans and woodcarvers.

San Rocco Church

The church was built in the 15th c. and renovated in the 18th c.
From its facade to the rich interior, everything tells us about charity and art, history and plague.
Recently restored, the elegant “cantoria” or choir next to the back facade, it is one of the worth seeing hidden treasure.
Tintoretto made some paintings for the church too, in particular a youthful piece which expresses all the drama of a city hit by the terrible desease.

St. Rocco is buried in this church.

The Crucifixion by Tintoretto

Large paintings on canvas are common in Venice and Tintoretto himself used to paint particularly big scenes.

The Crucifixion strikes the viewer’s eyes in astonishment, when one enters in the smaller Sala dell’Albergo.

The complexity of the composition, the pathos expressed and the numerous details, keep alive the attention of the visitors of all ages.

Tailor Made Tours Available

Once we have visited the Scuola and Church, it is possible to add a walking tour to see another Scuola, St. Giovanni Evangelista, located nearby, and to catch the signs left by the presence of the Scuole in the territory: bas-relifs, the toponimy, and other places related to the topic.

Another possibility is the visit of the Scuola dei Carmini, not far from S. Rocco, smaller but rich in 18th c. art.