Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is a splendid Franciscan church which over the centuries has accumulated innumerable works of art ranging from the sculpture of Donatello to that of Canova and from the 14th century painting of Paolo Veneziano to that of the great Renaissance masters such as Bellini and Titian.

Just a few steps from the Frari is the Scuola di San Rocco, the prestigious seat of the Confraternity for which Tintoretto worked intermittently for some 20 years during which he created his masterpiece, a great cycle of works representing the history of the Old and New Testaments.