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Advice for the visitor

How to Get there

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is located in the heart of Venice and is easily accessible by foot.

  • From Santa Lucia Rail Station – 10 minutes
  • From St. Mark’s Square – 20 minutes
  • By Water Bus / Vaporetto the closest terminal is S. Toma

The address is San Polo, 3052 – 30125 Venezia

Opening Hours

Open 7 Days a week from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1)

Tips for Visiting

  • Considered by some to be the Sistine Chapel of Venice, The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a must-see for art history lovers.
  • Take advantage of the fact that The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is off the typical tourist path and visit any day of the week without worrying about overwhelming crowds.
  • Use the mirrors available in the upper hall that allow you to appreciate the beauty of the ceiling without straining your neck.

History

In the great history of Venice the scuole grandi held great power and was a way for non-noble Venetian citizens to assert power in society. Membership did not depend on occupation and did not allow nobles to hold director roles, which made the “Great Schools” different than guilds or other government institutions. The Scuola Grande di San Rocco’s building was built beginning in 1517 with the hiring of Pietro Bon as the lead architect. The traditional plan included the design of two halls which are on the ground floor and an upper hall. The upper hall, intended for meetings of the chapter is called the Sala Capitolare.

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