Hi! I'm wondering what area in Rome others would recommend my fiance and I stay in based on our preferences.
We are a couple under 30, and we like to spend our mornings and early afternoons doing "touristy stuff" and in the late afternoon and evenings we like to either relax or wander near our place of stay. We love wining and dining at restaurants while people watching, and finding a nice pub to drink at after dinner. We like apartments (past experience great!) and we love being in an area that's great for walking, interesting buildings, lots of restaurants and shops, and somewhat close to some must-see tourist sites. (Or at least close to a metro station.)
To get a better idea of our preferences, see the below description of our last trip to Barcelona and what we loved about it.
As for location we stayed in the Gothic Quarter and loved it! We wouldn't have wanted to stay anywhere else. The area has a great atmosphere and lots of character, which are important. The streets are fun to get lost in as they are small and winding, with lots of interesting buildings. The area has lots of restaurants to choose from which is very important to us. We like to be close walking distance back to our room at the end of the night. It was also closer to the beach than other areas, and metro stations near by. There were also lots of locals who live and spend time in the area too, which is great!
We also chose to stay in an apartment and it was a great experience. It was tiny! But we didn't mind, it had a small little kitchenette, which was great for preparing our own breakfasts and lunches if we chose to. And while the other apartment rooms had balconies, ours didn't. But we were the last floor before the roof, and had easy access to the roof terrace which was way better than a balcony! We would go up there for a little siesta time and wind down from our busy days. We could look down on the streets and people watch from above. The apartment stay was a great choice. I loved how it made us feel more like locals. (We did how ever enjoy that our room was cleaned daily like a hotel. Nice surprise since the apartment's website says only once a week!)
So yea, that's a little about what we have enjoyed in the past, and hopefully someone can recommend a great area of Rome to stay!