Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista

The Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista is a little jewel in the heart of Venice. Founded in 1261, it is a monumental complex that boasts illustrious examples of gothic art and architecture, as well as of the Renaissance of the Venetian Baroque: it houses works by great masters such as Tintoretto, Palma il Giovane, Lombardo and Codussi, just to name a few.

For over seven centuries the Scuola Grande di Venezia has been home to the homonymous lay confraternity, as well as an important museum that contributes to the conservation of its historical heritage and is often chosen as a location for conferences, weddings, concerts, exhibitions and various events.

On this page you can easily buy your tickets for the Scuola Grande in Venice online. Below you will find all the information you need - times, prices and a brief description of the place - to better plan your visit.

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  • Choose date of visit and number of tickets. Please be reminded that the date is not fixed: if necessary you can use the ticket on another date of your choice, included in the opening hours and days of the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista.
  • Enter your personal details and check they are correct: once payment has been made, the reservation cannot be amended, canceled or refunded (with the exception of unforeseen closures of Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista due to a force majeure).
  • Make payment by debit card.
  • The voucher can be downloaded on the booking confirmation page and will also be sent to you by email. Please make sure you enter a valid e-mail address.
  • The voucher that you will receive at the end of the online booking process must be presented at the ticket office of the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista (in paper format or in electronic format on mobile devices), so that it can be converted into the admission ticket.
  • The prices of tickets shown on venetoinside.com are the official prices for online sales to the public
  • Remember to read important info
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Important information

The Scuola Grance in Venice, as specified below, is often chosen as a location for conferences, weddings, concerts and more. As it is open to visitors when these events are not held, please consult the calendar on the official website of the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, where you will find the latest up-to-date openings times.

The voucher that you will receive at the end of booking is the only recognized document and can be presented in paper or electronic format on mobile devices (smartphones, tablets or other devices). Access  will not be granted to those without a voucher.

The date entered at the time of booking is just a guideline: the ticket is open date and therefore if you need to, you can use it on a date different from the one indicated at the time of booking, provided it is included in the Scuola opening period.

 

Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista: schedule of opening hours & days

  • To check the actual opening times, consult the official calendar of the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista. However, we remind you that the ticket is open-ended and therefore can be used on any day during the Scuola’s opening.

  • Visiting hours: from 9.30 to 14.00 and from 14.30 to 17.15

  • The ticket office closes at 16.45

 

Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista: tickets (*)

Adult: € 10.00

Concessions: € 8.00 (under 26 students with a valid university card, residents and those born in the Municipality of Venice)

Entrance to the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista is free for children up to 12 years of age accompanied by an adult, disabled, licensed tour guides, ICOM members and journalists (accreditation required).

The prices of tickets shown on venetoinside.com are the official prices for sale to the public.

Other types of reductions and freebies are available only on site, at the ticket office.

The entrance ticket allows you to visit the ground floor and the first floor of the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista and the adjacent church.

 

Address Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista
San Polo 2454
30125 - Venice

 

Rules of the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista

For the mobility impaired: please get in contact with the property before buying tickets as the building does not have a lift.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

You can take photographs with an amateur character only and without using the flash. Photo shoots and videos can only be taken with the permission of the management.

Access to animals of any size is prohibited.

It is forbidden to smoke (even electronic cigarettes) and to use any kind of free flame.

It is forbidden to run and jump along the tour route.

During the museum visit it is forbidden to consume food and drink.

It is mandatory to deposit backpacks, suitcases and umbrellas at the ticket office before the start of visit.

Some days, the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista may be closed without notice for reasons of force majeure and/or security reasons. When possible, timely communication of such variations will be given by email together with alternative ways of using the service and/or requesting reimbursement of the unused ticket.

In the event of tides of over 100 cm above sea level, the opening to the public may be partially compromised or canceled. If you cannot visit the Scuola on another date, you will receive a full refund of the full amount paid.

 

Description

Founded in 1261, the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista has its origins in the Church of Sant'Aponal (Sant'Appollinare) and then moved to what was called 'Contrada San Stin', today the San Polo Sestiere. Over time the Scuola gained more and more importance, especially when in 1369 the chancellor of the kingdoms of Cyprus and Jerusalem - Philippe de Mézières - donated a fragment of the True Cross, which immediately became the object of veneration and for which a precious Gothic relic was made out of rock crystal and gilded silver, and is currently kept in the elegant chapel called 'Oratorio della Croce'.

Today, the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice, as well as being the seat of the homonymous confraternity and hosting various events, has become a destination for many visitors eager to discover all the beauty inside.
Let's take a look at some of it together. As for the architecture, we are sure that the entrance portal will capture your attention: it is the splendid marble septum created by Pietro Lombardo between 1478 and 1481, a true masterpiece of Venetian Renaissance sculpture in whose lunette you can see stand out symbols of the Scuola and its patron: a large eagle resting on three books and surmounted by a cross.

Sill remaining on the ground floor we can find the welcoming Sala delle Colonne which, despite centuries going by, has managed to maintain its original medieval appearance. Interesting stone materials are exhibited here, while the small 'Cappella dei Morti’ has been created inside the Scalone span.

One of the jewels of the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice is the staircase dating back to 1498 that leads from the Atrium and Sala delle Colonne to the first floor: announced by two large Renaissance portals, it is a true architectural masterpiece. The architect from Bergamo Mauro Codussi, author of the work, is still appreciated for his extraordinary ability to exploit the little space available due to the close proximity to Rio di San Giovanni, a problem he solved by adding an illusory space to the real one.

Going up to the first floor of the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni in Venezia you will be intrigued by the splendid white, red and black marble floors intertwined in geometric shapes and divided into three large rosettes enclosed by a two-colored ribbon. In the rooms of this floor there are also many paintings by great artists such as Tintoretto, Longhi, Palma the Younger, Guarana and Tiepolo, commissioned by the Scuola itself over the centuries.

But in this pretty little square of Venice, the Scuola Grande is not the only building to visit: just by its side, in fact, there is the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista Church, founded in 960 as a private chapel of the Badoer family. Among the renovations that took place over the centuries, we recall those of 1759 when the architect Bernardino Maccaruzzi modified the Gothic architecture of the building - of which only some elements remain, such as the cross vault and the structures of the apse and presbytery. - creating a single square nave with a flat ceiling and three rectangular chapels on the sides. The Church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice contains a precious organ dating back to 1760 by Giovanni Battista Piaggia, next to which we find a portal that leads to the adjacent cemetery, painted at the end of the fifteenth century by Lazzaro Bastiani.

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