"Ahead of her, like a vast soap bubble formed out of the circling, dove coloured mists, stood Santa Maria della Salute, the church which breasts the entrance to Venice's Grand Canal. "

The author's own first reaction to the sight of Santa Maria della Salute was as emotional as her heroine's: Salley Vickers "fell in love" when she saw it. (See "My Venice", p.8 of Afterword at the back of the book.)

Santa Maria della Salute
Creative Commons AttributionSanta Maria della Salute - Credit: Marius Fiskum