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Discover Venetian Artistry: Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista

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Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista is one of the most ancient brotherhood of Venice since 1261. The visit is a journey through history, in between Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque e Rococo. You will discover the miracolous Relic from 1369; paintings of Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Jacopo Palma il giovane, Marieschi, Longhi, Vicentino and many other art work. Mauro Codussi’s staircase and the marble Septum are worlwide renowned as architercutre masterpiece. Come and visit 800 years of history!

Your ticket into Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista is free with the Venice City Pass – You save € 10.

The history and significance of the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice

800 years of history under one roof

The Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice is an impressive historic building with its roots dating back to the 13th century, specifically in the year 1261. This institution was a brotherhood dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist. Its primary purpose was to organize charitable activities, promote faith, and aid the poor and sick.

The architecture of the Scuola is a splendid example of Venetian craftsmanship and has undergone several renovations and alterations over the centuries. The building houses an impressive collection of artworks, including paintings and sculptures by renowned artists such as Giovanni Bellini and Tintoretto. These artworks not only reflect the faith and spirituality of the brotherhood but also the artistic flourishing of Venice during the Renaissance.

Members of the Scuola conducted regular religious rituals and processions to practice their faith and support the community, including the celebration of holidays and religious ceremonies. Additionally, the Scuola played a crucial role in social and charitable activities in Venice, providing assistance to needy citizens, hospitals, and orphanages, contributing to the city's social welfare.

Today, the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista still exists and serves various purposes, including hosting cultural events and preserving its historical heritage. Visitors have the opportunity to admire the impressive architecture and artworks that reflect the rich history and significance of this institution. The Scuola is not only a historical gem of Venice but also a testament to the important role that religious brotherhoods and foundations played in the city's development.


Highlights of your visit

  • Artworks by Renowned Artists: Marvel at the impressive collection of artworks within the Scuola, including paintings by Giovanni Bellini and Tintoretto, which represent Venice's rich artistic tradition.
  • Architectural Masterpiece: Experience the magnificent architecture of the building, serving as an outstanding example of Venetian craftsmanship that reflects the history and culture of the city.Religious
  • Rituals and Ceremonies: Immerse yourself in the religious practices and history of the brotherhood by exploring the chapel and the locations where religious rituals and processions took place.


Opening Hours Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista

The opening hours are published monthly. Please check here for the current opening hours: https://www.scuolasangiovanni.it/en/calendar-and-hours/ 


Reservation of your ticket

No advance reservation is required. Simply present your Venice City Pass at the ticket counter and enjoy free admission.      



  • Maintenance Work: During renovation or maintenance work, certain parts of the building or specific areas may be temporarily closed to visitors to ensure guest safety.
  • Cultural Events: At times, parts of the Scuola may be used for private events or cultural programs, which can lead to temporary visitor restrictions.



Getting to Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista

The Vaporetto stop near the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice is "San Toma." This stop is served by Vaporetto lines 1 and 2, making it a convenient point of arrival to reach the Scuola. After disembarking at the "San Toma" stop, you can easily walk to the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista.



Sestiere San Polo 2456 30125 Venice Italy

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With the Venice City Pass, you can experience the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista for free, and you will have your ticket ready in your pocket upon arrival.

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