Spread Some Pollen

In 2000, riding a wave of success from our hotel The Beehive, we began Cross-Pollinate. The idea was to make it just as easy to book a private apartment or small B & B as it is to reserve a hotel. In 2000 this was innovative stuff, especially in Italy – a country that at the time was very behind on getting connected.

Over the years we’ve gone from a handful of places in Rome to a few hundred in over 6 amazing European cities (Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, London), and soon to expand to another 4 cities (Berlin, Istanbul, Madrid, Lisbon).

As things grow and change, you have to change with them – so after a 2 year sabbatical in Bali, Indonesia and almost a year of redesigning, coding and debugging, we’ve completely redone our website and we want you to check it out and spread the word. We’ve even made a video, exploiting our “free talent”, the “Cross-Pollinate Bees”, to teach you how to “spread some pollen”. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.

The travel industry is changing, and it won’t be long until the only options are the big, impersonal, corporate ones. As a small company, we need your support.

You can help by:

  • liking us on facebook or following us on twitter (or both)
  • blogging about us or linking to us from your site
  • joining our contact list so we can bug you in the future about other stuff!
  • sharing the above video so others can do the same
  • leave a review on tripadvisor or gogobot (and click “write a review” at the top)

Thanks for the support!

Steve, Linda, our sweet staff and our little bees

Food shopping tips in Italy

Watch Giulia, Paloma, and Viola as they take you to a bakery, an alimentari, and a fruit and vegetable market, giving you tips on where to go and what to get for a simple, inexpensive, and healthy lunch.

A Video Postcard of Barcelona

Here’s our newest video. There was some debate on whether I chose the right song or not, but I just love this song, and I love Barcelona and to me it was a great match.

A video postcard from Barcelona from Cross-Pollinate Travel on Vimeo.

Train service between Roma Termini and Fiumicino Airport

This video stars my 11 year old daughter, Giulia, showing you how easy it is to use the train service between Roma Termini, the central train station in Rome, and Fiumicino, the main airport (also called Leonardo da Vinci).

For quick reference:

• trains leave every :22 minutes and :52 minutes after the hour from Rome to Fiumicino
• trains from Fiumicino to Roma Termini leave every :8 minutes and :38 minutes after the hour
• travel time is 30 minutes each way
• price is €14 each way – no difference between 1st and 2nd class, and children under 12 are free
• the train from Rome leaves from down at track 26/27 which takes about 15 minutes from the main gallery, so give yourself enough time to walk down there. Update:  the train now leaves from the first set of tracks, which is much closer.  Look for the “Leonardo Express”.
• for arrivals, make sure when you get off the train at Roma Termini that you know to proceed to the main gallery of the station to catch the buses & metro, or to exit the “main gallery”.
• as with all train travel in Italy, you must stamp your ticket in the yellow boxes on the platform or you risk getting a hefty fine (between €50 and €100)

How to properly throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and ensure a trip back to Rome

Watch as Viola, then 5 years old, demonstrates how to properly throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, ensuring a trip back to Rome.