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I have been using Cross-Pollinate for about 10 years now. The service is consistently great and I can always find just the kind of apartment we like, at the right price. - Hirani Himona
A really great idea - with a network of hand picked little rooms/guesthouses. If only we could have this in more city destinations! - Zoe Buck
I love Cross-Pollinate and every time we go to a new city I look to see whether they have some accommodations over there. - Arantza Aldea
The two places I have stayed at from Cross-Pollinate have been among the best across Europe. Highly recommended. - Nicholas Burn
Thanks a lot to Cross-Pollinate for the opportunity to experience a city as an insider! We really enjoyed our stay in Rome and Venice and look forward to more. - Tatiana Marchenko
Cross-Pollinate was very helpful when the owner of the B&B wanted to charge us for the baby under 2 y o. It would have been difficult without them since the owners did not speak any english. - Yulia Pichugina
This was our only stay with a C-P apartment and we were very pleased with the entire process. Will look to use them again on our next Europe trip! - Anthony Giglio
Great web site and quick response from the team a CP made the whole experience easy and hassle free. I have already recommended CP to quite of few of my airline industry colleagues and I'm sure they will make use of their excellent service. - Shane Pickles
Cross-Pollinate was extremely helpful! They found us a place to stay in our price range when many other places of business couldn't help us. - Sarah Seminutin
Cross-Pollinate was very easy to use, and it is so much better to stay in places like these than big corporate hotels; you get a much better feel for the place. - Kaspar Deane
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Cross-Pollinate was fantastic and easy to use. We used Cross-Pollinate to book a room in Florence (the second leg of our trip), which was everything I thought it would be. We have recommended Cross-Pollinate to our friends. - Barbara Carlin
Cross-Pollinate are great - the descriptions are accurate and they are very responsive to questions. - Dominique Bayne
Cross Pollinate was just the best. I had tried a couple of places before coming upon them. As soon as I sent the first email I stopped looking for any more websites. I just wish they expanded to every city in Europe. Their knowledge, helpfulness, etc. was second to none. - Caroline Collis
Casa di Annusca B&B
The Casa di Annusca B&B is made up of four rooms - two ground floor rooms with private bath, and two upstairs rooms with private bath with direct access to the garden. This upstairs room, which is considered the "superior" room and costs more, has AC and faces the private garden. The second upstairs room is a triple/quad suite with a fold-out bed.

It will also have use of a shared kitchen (coming soon) with new rooms being built on that floor. The downstairs rooms has a fan and will not have access to the kitchen, but has a fridge. the downstairs room as a beautiful bathroom and is cozy, but has a lot of furniture in it - also it faces the street, so although it's not loud with the windows closed, if you open them you have the street level right outside the window (can be covered with a curtain for privacy).

Breakfast for both rooms is served either in the garden, weather permitting, or in the common living room/dining room area that's part of the owner, Fabio's, apartment.

The Oltrarno area of Florence is great in that it's central and accessible to the main sites by foot, but it feels local and actually lived in, rather than the area around the Duomo which is just shoulder to shoulder of tourists. The Oltrarno is where you'll find artisan shops, cheaper food, and a sense of what it's really like to live in Florence. The price here is low because it seems farther out, but I'd prefer to stay over here. Florence is small and in 10-15 minutes you can be at the Ponte Vecchio. When you're not sightseeing, this is the neighborhood where you'll find a cute cafe or local restaurant that won't break the bank.

The owner named the B&B in memory of his sister, and gets very good reviews for being a great host. He's also done the renovations with really high quality materials. The bathrooms, the flooring, the exposed beam ceilings - it makes an instant impression of being a high quality place.

The owner can organize tours with a private driver to SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO, PISA or LUCCA and VOLTERRA, through CHIANTI with wine tastings and lunch in a Trattoria in the countryside, as well as transfers to and from the airport and train station.
  • ground and 1st floor
  • private garden
  • fan
  • air-conditioning
  • TV
  • breakfast included
  • iron (upon request)
  • hair dryer (upon request)
  • superior room (with AC) (€ 20.00)
  • WiFi
Eric on 07. Jan 2014:

Fabio est un hôte charmant. Il n’est pas avare de conseils pour planifier nos visites touristiques ou pour découvrir un bon resto. Situé dans le quartier de l’Altroarno, ce B&B est très charmant. Le petit déjeuner se passe autour d’une grande table, ce qui permet le contact et l’échange avec d’autres occupants. La chambre à l’arrière est très calme et donne sur un jardin luxuriant et paisible. Étant également propriétaire d’un B&B, nous conseillons cette bonne adresse. Fabio is a lovely host. It is generous with tips for planning our sightseeing or to find a good restaurant. Located in the Altroarno, this B & B is very charming. Breakfast goes around a large table, which allows contact and exchange with other guests. The back room is very quiet and overlooks a lush and peaceful garden. We are also the owner of a B & B, we suggest that good address.
damage that Cross-Pollinate does not exist in Brussels and Belgium
Marianne on 15. Jan 2014:

Fabio was a very gracious host! The property is not in a touristy part of Florence, but very easy to get to either walking or by bus. Artisan shops, excellent restaurants and laundry nearby.The room was artfully decorated and comfortable. Very clean with nice bathroom facilities. On the way to breakfast we enjoyed the pretty spring garden. Breakfast was lovely with a beautiful table setting and plenty to eat, including delicious strudel, egg, fresh fruits and juices. This property worked well for our family party of four.
Lighting was adequate most of the time, but the option of some brighter lighting when organizing and packing would have been helpful.
This is a great site. We used it twice this trip with good results. Thanks!
Patsy & Stan on 30. Jan 2014:

Fabio was a great host. Good location, very nice garden & delicious hot pastry for breakfast. Very clean & safe. Breakfast room was very pleasant, comfortable bed & we liked the personal connection to the art work.
We had a good experience with cross pollinate this time & in the past.
Elena Black on 18. Dec 2013:

Fabrulous host- room nicely decorated- really delicious breakfast. I forgot my coat and the host mailed it to me at my next destination! Great suggestions for our activities.
ian Aerts on 16. Sep 2013:

All. The geographical situation. The beauty of the decoration. The lovely garden. The excellent breakfast with nice music in a romantic room with gorgeous vieuw. A charming, always helpfull host.
The host was working on improvement when i was there. Don't think i know better.
Shams on 26. Sep 2013:

The owner was extremely friendly and helpful. He shared some info we needed fpr our trip and even printed them for us himslef. The room was extremely causy and clean yet had everything we needed.
The location is about 20 mins walking from ElDuomo. The room had no refrigirator bur wasnt much needed.
Jack & Patty on 27. Jul 2013:

We liked the location. We could walk to everything we wanted to see in 15 to 20 minutes. The breakfast was excellent (food was good and very nice presentation). We enjoyed meeting and talking with the other guests during breakfast (4 different countries during our stay). Fabio was a great host and was very helpful.
Nothing comes to mind.
Cross-Pollinate was wonderful. I am not sure how I would have found these wonderful places without it. The web-site was nicely done, provided useful information in making our selections, and was every accurate about the two places we stayed. Steve and Amy were very responsive to our questions and provided helpful information. I will use them in the future anytime the opportunity arrises and recommend them to friends.
Patti H on 13. Sep 2013:

The rooms are beautiful, is close to the center of town but out of the tourist madness. It had a wonderful breakfast with protein and fruit and the owner is charming and helpful. It is really a great place to stay.
Europeans don't use screens on the windows. In order to get some cool air into the room we opened the window. Mosquitoes flew in, we were bitten, we then found and killed 8 or 9 mosquitoes. It would be optimal to be able to get some fresh air without being attacked by blood- sucking insects!
Easy to use, a great site. Excellent accommodations.
Kat Casale on 12. Jul 2013:

Fabio was wonderful, very kind and helpful. The room was clean and comfortable. The breakfasts were delicious, especially the apple strudel. I would absolutely stay there again and recommend it to friends.
Our room had a window to the street and you could hear some road noise, so you may want to bring ear plugs. Not something to improve, just something to be aware of.
We never would have found Casa di Annusca without Cross-Pollinate, and our stay there was one of the highlights of our trip!
on 11. Aug 2013:

The place was better than we expected. The breakfast was wonderful and generous as is Fabio!
Cross Pollinate can really be trusted for really good value.
Barbara Angermeier on 16. Aug 2013:

We stayed in the "superior" room overlooking the garden and I liked that it was a very quiet space. The adjacent, as yet unfinished kitchen, was also a nice respite for afternoon coffee. Once the kitchen is completed, this space may get a bit noisy but with the small # of rooms in this B & B, it should not be a problem. I cannot say enough good about the host, Fabio. He was attentive beginning with always getting back to us in a timely manner with emails and he was comprehensive once we were there to orient us to his place and to Florence. I will definitely stay with Fabio again. Lastly, the breakfast Fabio prepared was top notch with great attention to detail.
If possible, offer a second set of towels for guests staying beyond a couple days.
Cross-pollinate was always running in the background in a most professional, prompt, and efficient way. Before finding them, I was spinning my wheels using Air B & B and getting nowhere. I cannot believe my luck in finding Cross- pollinate. I will go to them first next time. Thank you.
Brian J on 19. Jul 2013:

Fabio was a great host and very accommodating. His B&B is very nice and quite and the breakfast was tasty.
This was my first time using cross pollinate and the service was great!
Yujin Jeong on 18. Jul 2013:

I would like to say everything was great in this place. We were arrived very late night however he showed us very warm welcome. Facilities were good and I had great breakfast under the cosy atmosphere (I stayed almost ten places during this trip in Italy so I could compare the value of price with others ).
Well, if the location were closer to main landmarks this place would be perfect. Though I will stay here when I go Florence again.
They are very helpful. And I am satisfied with their reply. They gave me very detail information such as direction of the place ,extra fee ( city tax...), owner\\\'s policies... Everyting was very clear and quick.
Gloria Tozek on 11. Jul 2013:

My partner and I both thoroughly enjoyed the breakfasts provided. There was lots of variety and it was fresh and tasty. The breakfast setting was also lovely. The host was kind, thoughtful and generous with information. Location was excellent for getting to all the sites and for services such as laundry, internet and restaurants.
Our room faced the street so we had some street noise when we were trying to sleep. Not sure how this could be changed.
Found the review to be quite accurate which is a major concern. Service was quick and easy to use.
Kellie Farster on 16. Jul 2013:

Fabio was a gracious host and prepared a beautiful breakfast for us during our stay in Florence. We were only 15 minutes from the Uffizzi Gallery and Fabio even got our breakfast ready early so that we could make our reservation time. We had the room in the front with private bath, which was so convenient for us leaving early and arriving late. There is also a laundry mat open until 11pm near the apartment. We would definitely stay here again the next time we are in Florence.
I only wish that we could have stayed longer - which was only our fault for not planning to have enough time in Florence:)
This site was very easily to use, find locations, and see reviews. I would use this service again.
Robyn on 18. Jun 2013:

Fabio was a great host- he made breakfast for his guests and we ate outside in his beautiful garden. The room we stayed in was beautiful and spacious. The bathroom was very nice, great location, and wifi included! I would definitely stay there again.
I honestly can't think of anything... Best place we stayed our whole trip.
Cross pollinate was also great to work with. Very quick to respond to any emails or concerns that I had. I would recommend cross pollinate to anyone and would definitely use them again for my next trip. Thanks!
anonymous on 28. Apr 2013:

Casa di Annunsca was wonderful! Fabio was incredibly warm and helpful! The room was great and it's location is very convenient. I would definitely choose to stay here again!
Cross-pollinate is so easy to use and had several choices in my price range. I will definitely use their site in the future!
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Property details
Property details: Bed & Breakfast (owner lives on premises), 4 guestrooms, with private bathroom (ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
FREE cancellation up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed types: 1 queen (160 cm) or 2 singles
Policies : smoking permitted in garden only, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, city tourist tax included in price
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 Casa di Annusca B&B
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
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Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
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Piazza Santo Spirito
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