Have Twins, Will Travel

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Venice, Italy – The thing about Venice is that there is an abundance of magnificent churches and Renaissance paintings. The twins love art and architecture as much as the next 8-year-old, but… this isn’t exactly their genre. But that’s what they do here, so we’re going to do it too. And so we set off for the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

This may not be the most kid-friendly place on your itinerary, but it is still amazing. Here, Tintoretto painted 50-something vivid scenes depicting hope and redemption, as part of an effort to save the city from the ravages of the Plague. The place is spectacular and mind-blowing for all ages — although I will admit that the twins got over their awe pretty quickly then they were ready to move on.

But not before sneaking upstairs to view the relics of San Rocco, patron saint of plague victims. Tinoretto’s paintings are nice and everything, but… San Rocco’s finger!

The relics of San Rocco