Pio Monte della Misericordia was founded in the early 1600s by seven Neapolitan nobles as a charitable institution. Caravaggio’s masterpiece hung above the church’s main altar is considered among the best examples of his chiaroscuro style and theatrical composition. After admiring this Baroque gem, take a stroll through the church and upper-floor picture gallery to take in works by Andrea Vaccaro, Francesco de Mura, Jusepe de Ribera, and Paul van Somer; you can also catch a glimpse of Caravaggio’s painting from above via the balcony in the Sala del Coretto.
Some in-depth walking tours of the historic center of Naples include a stop in the octagonal 17th-century church. Or, you can opt for a Caravaggio-themed tour to admire “The Seven Acts of Mercy” along with other works by the Baroque painter completed during the 18 months he lived in the city.