Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

#9 of 187 in Historic Sites in Venice
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
Admire the majestic facade of Scuola Grande di San Rocco but be sure to go inside and look up. The large 16th-century wall and ceiling paintings by Tintoretto have led to comparisons with the Sistine Chapel. Originally built between 1489 and 1508, the church was overhauled in 1725. The rarely crowded church is next to the better-known Scuola Di San Rocco, also known for its Tintoretto works. Note the church has a dress code, with no shorts allowed. Plan to visit Scuola Grande di San Rocco during your Venice vacation using our convenient Venice online travel route planner.
Create an itinerary including Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Scuola Grande di San Rocco reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
2,990 reviews
  • The very wealthy lay confraternity of San Roch ( a saint wildly famous for protecting people from the plague), commissioned this gorgeous building in the 15th century. That School was a social...  more »
  • To me this is the most incredible place I have ever visited -it moved me so much that had to write a review -it is surely one of the greatest pieces of Art work anywhere in the World and Venice’s gem....  more »
  • The Tintoretto paintings are amazing! In just three rooms there is enough beauty to captivate for more than an hour. Take your time and definitely rent the audio guide to fully appreciate the thematic harmony of the placement of each painting. Note to all, google maps is so horrendously wrong about the location of this place. It’s more than a half mile off. I had to ask five people for directions before I finally found it.
  • Another good reason to venture into the interior of Venice! This outdoor concert took place around August 10th or so at about 9:00pm between three buildings (Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Church of Saint Roch, and Leonardo da Vinci Museum). If you look close, you will see the red awning connects all three structures. The seating I assume was reserved, but passersby were able to walk up at the back to listen and take photos & video for free. Well worth the effort!!! [The desk clerk at my hotel seemed to think this was an annual celebration.]

Plan your trip to Venice

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.