The statue of the Madonna dell'Orto (Madonna of the Garden), was brought to the church because it was rumoured to be miraculous.
The bones on the island of Cimitero di San Michele have to be disinterred and moved on after ten or twelve years, to make space.
A reference to the New Testament story of Christ walking on the Sea of Gallilee, in front of his terrified disciples: John 6:19.
Ecbatana, now modern Hamadan, was an important city at the foot of a mountain, sometimes considered to have been the capital of Media before being overtaken by the Persians and becoming a royal city.
A basilisk, in Greek and other legends, was said to kill by its glance, in some versions turning its victim to stone.
Though Giudecca, an island in the Lagoon of Venice, could be translated as 'Jewry', it was not one of the three Jewish ghettos in Venice. (See bookmark 207).
It is no.15 on the map at the back of the book (Afterword p.7).
Below is the marble interior, which Julia dislikes.