We stayed in a darling little room on the top of about a million stairs. It had a perfect loft-bed that was too easy to stay in after walking at least 6 hours every day. I realized on this trip that I have no problem being the most touristy-tourist. While I try to avoid pictures of me smiling in front of monuments, I am not too good for tour guides. I think that my only regret on this trip is that I didn't do a guided tour of the Vatican. We did tours of the Colosseum & the Pantheon and it really revolutionized my trip, before Rome I had never done a guided tour. It really changes the sentiment from "oh, that's a cool thing" to "I am standing in front of a preserved piece of history." My jaw was dropping learning all of the things that I learned.
Castel Sant'Angelo was incredible. It is so bizarre to me that I am getting accustomed to sitting on top of castles overlooking European villages. Granita di caffe compana was probably the most interesting & unique coffee I've ever had - frozen espresso with whipped cream. I found my dream boutique in Rome - filled with the most beautiful Shabby Chic decorations and I will always yearn to see it again.
Overall, though, I would have to say that the most charming thing were the kitty cats sleeping on ancient ruins. We played a fun game where we tried to count how many cats we could find sleeping and it was always so many more than we expected.