To be honest, we've never taken that well to Santa Maria degli Angeli during our visits to Rome, finding it interesting but not one of our favorites in the city to visit. However, there are interesting things to see here that can make it a rewarding visit.
What we do like at Santa Maria degli Angeli is the interesting entrance, that appears like you are walking into some ruins, not a large attractive church. Also the creative bronze door is worth a minute to two to inspect. There is a Meridian line and some nice sculptures inside as well. The three main chapel areas are nice to look at but not as impressive as others you will see in Rome, still they are nice. Lastly, there is decent history associated with this church, involving the beloved Michelangelo. These are some of the nice finds to be had at Santa Maria degli Angeli. Unfortunately, none are 'Wow' factors for us, like what can be found in so many of Rome's churches.
In addition to visiting Santa Maria degli Angeli, there are other very impressive churches you can visit in this area of Rome. These include the excellent Santa Maria della Vittoria one block away on XX Settembre street, the very good Santa Maria Maggiore and nearby Santa Prassede, a hidden gem in Rome, both located back off Piazza Repubblica off Via Torino street. There is also the National Museum Romano - Massimo nearby
Overall, Santa Maria degli Angeli is interesting enough to grab your attention due to the variety of things to see here. However, of us it just doesn't have jaw-dropping inclusions that make other churches in Rome so very special. In this area of this church, you can find two in particular that give us that feeling. These are the Santa Maria della Vittoria and the Santa Prassede churches.
Anywhere else, and this one would be a 'Must See' attraction. In Rome, it must compete with some of the very best attractions and churches in the world, making it difficult to fit this one in your schedule if you are short on time in the city. However, if you have extra days in Rome, a visit to the Santa Maria degli Angeli could be much enjoyed, especially if you plan to visit the three other very good/excellent churches in this area of Rome.
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