The first sight which greets travellers to Venice arriving by train is the 18th century church of San Simeon Piccolo, which was designed by the Venetian architect Giovanni Scalfarotto (1697-1764) and built between 1718 and 1738.
The church, which sits directly opposite the railway station on the other side of the Grand Canal, is famous for its oversized copper dome. On seeing San Simeon Piccolo, Napoleon is said to have quipped: "I have seen churches without domes, but never a dome without a church".
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England.
Since 200I I have been living in Italy, where I run private tours of Florence, Rome &