The Scuola Grande and Church of St. Roch are a Renaissance complex consisting of a church and adjoining palace. It was built as a sign of devotion to San Rocco who was called upon to protect the plague-stricken population of Venice during the 15th century.

However, the ‘Scuole’ are not schools like the name suggests. They were originally brotherhoods and lay associations that provided assistance to poor people, orphans, widows and sick people.

The interiors of the Scuola Grande of St. Roch. are filled with numerous treasures, including an impressive number of works by Tintoretto as well as Tiepolo and Giorgione.