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The Scuola Grande di San Rocco brings together many features of Venetian life. Firstly, devotion to a saint, namely, San Rocco, who was the protector against the plague which had repeatedly afflicted the population. Moreover, as a ‘Scuola’ it was a pivotal institution in the social and political life of the Republic; furthermore, the Scuola Grande exhibits the Renaissance architecture so prevalent around the city and the magnificent paintings of Jacopo Tintoretto predominantly adorn the building.
Spirituality and holiness, politics and art merge in a way that is unparalleled in private buildings elsewhere. Tintoretto mustered all his energies together to leave posterity with a mark of his greatness and genius, producing paintings from perspectives that are bold and innovative, yet charged with emotion.
Just as sumptuous is the imposing church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, known for short as Frari. Its Gothic structure is simple, while the interior is rich in detail. We could almost call it an art gallery for its array of paintings by Vivarini, Bellini, Tiziano and the only work by Donatello in the city today, carefully guarded inside. On the other hand, we could call it a pantheon for its monumental tombs raised over the centuries for doges and artists such as Tiziano and Canova.
Frari was built, like many other churches, as the result of a dream – in this instance by Doge Jacopo Tiepolo. Venice is known for its remarkable fulfilment of dreams, and this church is certainly a magnificent embodiment of such a conviction.
The two buildings are so close to each other that they ought to be visited in a single trip.
The tour includes:
- Pick up at your hotel if located in Venice
- Guided visit to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Frari Church
Pricing Information: € 210,00 (from 1 to 9 persons)
The tour does not include:
- Entrance Tickets to the Scuola Grande: € 10, reduced € 8 (children up to 26 years). Free up to 18 years.
- Entrance tickets to the Frari Church: 3 €, reduced € 1.,5 (students).
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)