In the Footsteps of the Pilgrim Saints

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In the Footsteps of the Pilgrim Saints: Saint James and Saint Roch.

Retracing the footsteps of two pilgrim saints, Saint James and Saint Roche, takes us into the heart of the oldest and most authentic part of Venice. The tour starts from the Church of San Giacomo da l’Orio, one of the oldest churches in the city, situated in the centre of the square of the same name, in which we can still find paintings that Paolo Veneziano, Lorenzo Lotto, Jacopo Palma il Giovane and Paolo Veronese created for this place.

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The church of the Friars

From the ponte storto (wonky bridge) of Campo San Boldo we come to Rio Terà, which takes us to the home of Aldus Manutius, printer and purveyor of culture, before moving on to the majestic Basilica dei Frari, a Franciscan Gothic structure dedicated to Saint Mary of the Assumption, which for centuries has housed works by Titian, Paolo Veronese, Giovanni Bellini, Paolo Veneziano, Bartolomeo Vivarini and Donatello. It stands in the middle of a large square containing numerous scuole piccole, or guilds, whose buildings can still be made out.

A few steps away is the devotional complex of Saint Roche of Montpellier to whom the church and adjacent Scuola Grande are dedicated, and to whom the great Jacopo Tintoretto dedicated over two decades of his career (1564-1587) to painting.

The Grand Fraternity of Saint Roch: Tintoretto's Sistin Chapel

The Scuola Grande of St. Roch

Here he created dozens of large canvases which cover the entire wall surface and which have earned it the nickname “the Sistine Chapel of Venice”.

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: 150,00 €

The tour includes visits inside the following:

  • Church of San Giacomo de l’Orio: Adults 3,00 € – Students 1,50 €
  • Basilica dei Frari: Adults 3,00 € – Students 1,50 €
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco: Adulti 10,00 € – Students 8,00 €

In accordance with the aims of our statute, a percentage of the tour fee will go towards a fund dedicated to the safeguarding and restoration of minor art in Venice.