Frari has been the church for the most important Franciscan monastery in Venice. Founded in the 13th century, this monumental temple, flanked by the second tallest belltower after St. Mark’s, was reconstructed in 1440 and embellished with some of the greatest art treasures in the city, sponsored by confraternities and prestigious Venetian families. Focal point of the magnificent perspective of the interior is Titian’s Assunta.
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary is the only altarpiece commissioned directly by the Franciscan friars for the main altar. Canova, the famed sculptor, described it as ‘the finest painting in the world’ and here is also where he was buried to comply with his will. Highlights from this wonderful series of artworks feature Giovanni Bellini, Paolo Veneziano, Vivarini, Canova and Donatello.
A few steps away is the devotional complex of San Rocco, patron saint of plague victims, to whom the church and adjacent house for the confraternity are dedicated. Known as the Scuola Grande, this was the house where the members of this important and wealthy brotherhood held their meetings.
Built in the early 16th century with the main purpose of assisting the victims of the plague, Scuola Grande di San Rocco features one of the most impressive painting cycles in the city: over 60 canvasses framed in gold, all painted by the great Jacopo Tintoretto who dedicated over 20 years of his career to this remarkable challenge.
DURATION: 2 hours
TOUR PRICE:€ 160
ENTRANCE FEES (per person):
Scuola Grande di San Rocco € 10 p.p.;
reductions € 8 p.p.
Frari Church: € 5 p.p; reductions € 2
The tour price is for a party of 1 to 8 people, and doesn’t include admission fees.
Should your party exceed 8 participants, please contact us for a quote.