We chose to stay in Rome our first few nights for a couple of reasons
- We had never been
- It was the closest in proximity to the airport (we flew into Rome)
- We knew we would be exhausted after our flight
We stayed at the Romanico Palace our first two nights in Rome, as it was close in proximity to the Trevi Fountain, but still in a pretty quiet location. The hotel was beautiful, the staff was very helpful and gave us a lot of good recommendations. The entire hotel stuck very true to a Roman + romantic aesthetic. Plus- free breakfast!
We explored the Trevi Fountain (again keep your bag close, a lot of pickpockets!) which was beautiful, and extremely busy!
I would highly recommend when in Rome to ask around for restaurant recommendations. We opted to ask our hotel staff and they gave us some great ones. Our favorite was a small family owned restaurant called La Lampada near our hotel. The pasta was homemade (as it is at almost every Italian restaurant) and AMAZING. We also splurged for gelato every night.