1603, Carlo da Maderno
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A seldom-visited gem is the Borromeo chapel of the Monte di Pietà. Its completely preserved Baroque octagonal design by Maderno features reliefs in marble and stucco depicting charitable virtues and events in the Old Testament. The use of colored marble is spectacular. Inquire for an appointment within the Unicredit bank in the Piazza di Monte di Pietà, which now occupies the former state pawn institution.