On most mornings around 7:30 Sacramentine nuns, or the Perpetue Adoratrici, beautifully sing early mass beneath Francesco de Mura's The Paradise, this late-17th-century church's dome painting. Dressed in immaculate red, black, and white habits, the nuns, after singing, prostrate themselves before the altar, which stretches upward, with layer after baroque layer of Dionisio Lazzari's sumptuous gold and marble (1686), topped by the putti and the figures of
Hope and Charity by Matteo Bottigliero (1733). Upon entering or exiting, take note of San Giuseppe dei Ruffi's dramatically baroque facade, designed, as was the interior, by Lazzari, a renowned architect and sculptor. Hearing the nuns sing is a unique, if little known, Naples experience, and well worth rising early for.
Piazza San Giuseppe dei Ruffi 2, half block from Duomo, Naples, 80138, Italy