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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.



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


On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Robusti called Tintoretto (1518/1519), some great events are being prepared to commemorate this important Venetian painter of the 16th century. In September two major exhibitions dedicated to the master’s works will open in Venice: at the Academy Galleries “The young Tintoretto” and at the Palazzo Ducale “Tintoretto: the great masterpieces“. The latter, in March 2019, will move to the United States, at the National Gallery in Washington.
In this occasion and with the contribution of SKY ARTE HD, which is shooting a film about Tintoretto, two famous paintings by the master are currently being restored – visible for visitors – in the Sala Terra of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco: “The Reading Virgin” and “The Virgin in meditation” (also known as “Santa Maria Maddalena” and “Santa Maria Egiziaca”). At the end of the restoration, scheduled for November 2018, the two large paintings (425×209 cm), which are late works of the painter, will be sent to the United States for the Washington exhibition.