Tintoretto's highlights: private guided tour Gallerie dell'Accademia & Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Duration: approx. 3 hours 

Location: Venice


Why choose this experience?

1 To discover the most famous masterpieces by Tintoretto in Venice with an exclusive private guided tour
2 To admire works such as the Stealing of the Dead Body of St Mark and the Deposition of Christ, guarded inside the Gallerie dell'Accademia
3 To visit the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and learn to appreciate the extraordinary oil canvases kept inside thanks to the explanations of our brilliant guide

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Important information


all year, except for 1 January, 1 May, 25 December.

Departure point:

in front of the entrance of the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice.

Departure time

From Tuesday to Sunday

11.00 am

Languages available

English: from Tuesday to Sunday
Italian: from Tuesday to Sunday
French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
German: Friday


The total price per service is €335.00, up to a maximum of 10 participants.

The price includes only the guided tour, entry tickets to the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco are not included.

approx. 3 hours
  • Private guided tour
  • Entry tickets
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

Before booking, please be advised that it is compulsory to print a paper copy of the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation and bring it with you the day of the tour.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher).

Shortly after your online reservation we will email you the mobile number of the guide you have been assigned, to use in case of emergencies on the spot on the day of the tour. For the same reason the guide will need your mobile number, so please provide us with one that you will have with you on the day of the tour in the form field you are required to fill in.

You can purchase the ticket to access the Accademia Galleries online; ticket to access the Scuola Grande di San Rocco has to be purchased on site.

Price tickets Scuola Grande di San Rocco

  • Adult: €10.00
  • Concessions *: €8.00 (young people up to 26 years old, over 65s, groups of at least 20 people (with 1 free leader)
  • Family special: free for children up to 18 years, belonging to the same family and accompanied by at least one parent
  • School groups: €3.00 for primary, middle and high schools (up to 18 years) upon presenting the list of participants on school letterheaded paper. Teachers: 1 free for every 20 students; each additional teacher or accompanying person: €3.00
  • Free* (Church officials and disabled)

*When purchasing the ticket, you will be asked for the document, or card, that confirms your right to the reduction/gratuity.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures,serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute) the service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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Full description

There are countless itineraries you can follow to discover Tintoretto in Venice: San Rocco and the Gallerie dell'Accademia have always been the most popular destinations for lovers of the artist who visit the city on water... What we have to suggest will allow you to visit these famous venues with an exclusive private guided tour, roughly three hours long.

Our expert local tour guide will take you on a discovery of the masterpieces guarded inside the Gallerie dell'Accademia and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in an extraordinary guided Tintoretto tour in Venice!


Tintoretto at the Gallerie dell'Accademia

Our Tintoretto Venice tour will start at the Gallerie dell'Accademia, where some of his most famous masterpieces are kept. Here you can admire Cain slaying Abel, the Stealing of the Dead Body of St Mark, The Miracle of St Mark Freeing the Slave, Dream of St Mark and the Deposition of Christ... Extraordinary works by Tintoretto that you will be able to appreciate and understand in detail thanks to the explanations of our brilliant guide!

At the end of the visit to the Gallerie dell'Accademia, a short walk of about 10/15 minutes is scheduled to reach the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.


Tintoretto at San Rocco

It can be defined as the 'Sistine Chapel' of Venice, the place where Tintoretto best expressed his artistic vein, with no constraints or competition. More than 60 paintings are kept here: Tintoretto's canvases in the Scuola di San Rocco will give you a great taste of his art and are considered one of the most extraordinary and coherent pictorial cycles of all Venetian art.

Tintoretto linked his name to this building, where he worked for more than twenty years achieving extraordinary results, masterpieces that even today, fortunately, we can admire in their original location.

Our Tintoretto in Venice guided visit will allow you to admire the entire cycle kept in the school.

  • Sala dell’Albergo

This is the room where the deep link between Tintoretto and San Rocco began in a rather peculiar way... In May 1564 the School launched a competition for the decoration of the ceiling: instead of presenting a drawing as had been requested, Tintoretto made San Rocco in gloria and placed it in the center of the ceiling. Despite some contrasting opinions, the school eventually accepted the painting as a gift, signing a sort of pact with Tintoretto who, once the remaining ceiling decoration had been finished and he had become a confrere, also concluded the immense Crucifixion.
The choice of the subjects of the canvases for this room is rather unusual, since the Venetian schools tended to prefer depictions of the saint to whom they were dedicated. In this case, since the life of San Rocco had already been dealt with figuratively in the paintings of the adjacent church, Tintoretto decided to focus on the Passion of Christ, which he developed following a particular narrative order, from right to left, with Christ before Pilate, Ecce Homo and Ascent to Calvary.
Tintoretto is also the author of the uninterrupted frieze that conjoins the ceiling and the walls of Sala dell’Albergo.

  • Sala Capitolare

From the second half of the sixteenth century, Tintoretto started to create the large central canvas, The Brazen Serpent, and then completed the ceiling in November 1577. He then committed himself to finishing the decoration of the entire room with ten other paintings: he delivered three of them a year in exchange for an annual annuity of 1000 ducats, taking on the costs of the colors himself.
He completed the majestic task (33 paintings) in the summer of 1581, except for the altarpiece with the Apparition of San Rocco, which he completed in 1588.
The intricate iconographic program developed by Tintoretto successfully connects the ceiling and the wall curtains in a cohesive unity. On the ceiling, three large canvases tell the story of the journey of the Jewish people towards the Promised Land; they are surrounded by ten ovals with episodes from the Old Testament that are connected both to the central paintings and to the Gospel pieces depicted on the long walls of the hall in ten large canvases. Among these we cannot fail to mention The Adoration of the Shepherds and The Last Supper of San Rocco.
On the wall opposite the presbytery stand two canvases of different sizes depicting San Rocco and San Sebastiano.

  • Sala Terrena

Despite other important commissions, including the ones for the Doge’s Palace, Tintoretto never betrayed his commitment to the School: in 1582 he began working on the canvases for this room, which depict episodes of the life of the Virgin and of Christ’s childhood, among which there are the very famous The Annunciation, The Adoration of the Magi, The Flight into Egypt, The Massacre of the Innocents, The Presentation at the Temple, The Assumption of the Virgin.


Are you ready to immerse yourself in the Venice of Tintoretto? The Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Scuola di San Rocco combined in a suggestive journey, an unprecedented Tintoretto guide in Venice to discover some of his most famous works!

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