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In the heart of Venice where art, culture and devotion meet

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.




Saturday 23rd June 2018 Scuola Grande di San Rocco will be open from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The ticket office will close at 4:30 PM.

Opening Hours

  • Scuola Grande 09.30 – 17.30
    The ticket office closes at 17.00. The Scuola Grande is open daily all the year round, including on national and religious holidays, except for Christmas Day and January 1st.
  • Church  09.30 – 17.30
    The Church is open daily all the year round, including on national and religious holidays.
    On Christmas day, Easter Sunday and January 1st, limited opening: 9.30 – 12.30.
  • Services (Holy Communion)
    Sundays and religious festivals 11.00
  • Office
    Monday – Friday 10.00 – 12.30
  • Admission Entry fees qualify as contributions to the restoration and maintenance of the artistic patrimony incorporated in the Scuola and its Church, as well as to our various charitable activities.
  • Payment may be made in cash, or by debit or credit card


JACOPO TINTORETTO, Cattura di San Rocco
With the contribution of Save Venice Inc., the Scuola Grande di San Rocco is reporting three large canvases of the church, painted by Tintoretto, in the place where they had been placed since the 16th century. All this after having carried out their careful maintenance.
The first of these paintings is the Capture of San Rocco. This large painting by Jacopo Tintoretto, just restored, is now on the right wall of the church, above the other his famous painting La probatica Piscina. As known, in the church Tintoretto illustrated the most relevant episodes of the life of San Rocco.
The painting shows on the left side the saint imprisoned in Montpellier, while in the background there is a fierce battle to which the pilgrim San Rocco did not participate. Mistaken for a spy, he is about to be taken to prison, where he will die five years later (1327). Closely viewed after the restoration, this canvas shows us with great evidence its high quality and its great beauty.
It is known, however, that this canvas is not in its place. Therefore, after the restoration, the painting will be hung above the San Rocco in jail on the left wall of the presbytery. The two final episodes of his life will be approached as they were until the first part of the last century. Also two other canvases will be moved after the restoration and placed in the places assigned to them since Tintoretto’s time.