Unbelievably friendly and warm staff who gladly gave expert travel advice and recommendations that only a Roman would normally be privy to. - Loic Diels
I LOVE this website and will gladly recommend it to anyone headed this way. Nothing disappointed us! - Mary-Iris Taylor
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
Very straight forward. Well done. Definitely would use it again. Love these type of alternatives to hotels! - John White
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
Appartamento Urbana 3
The two Urbana apartments are in one of my favorite areas of Rome - Monti. It's where Woody Allen shot a good deal of "To Rome With Love" (although they say it's Trastevere in the movie, but it isn't). it's a mix of small, cobblestoned streets, vintage shops, artisans, great food and a sense of a real neighborhood. Nearby is the amazing "Fata Morgana" gelateria at Piazza degli Zingari - where you have to try the peaches and wine or the Kentucky (chocolate made with a tobacco infusion!). There's also Baretto for your coffee in the morning on via del Boschetto and some amazing pizza by the slice on via dei Serpenti.

The Urbana 2 apartment is on the 2nd floor with no elevator. It's a bit darker than the "Urbana 3" which is higher up in the building. In both places, you walk in to a small eating area, off of which is the tiny kitchen. Down the hall is a small living room area with TV and off that is the bedroom with bathroom.

Overall, both apartments are nice and for the money, a hell of a lot better than a hotel room in the same area. They don't feel quite like a home though, in that they are a bit sparse, but you have room to spread out and you get the local experience. They are certainly "real" apartments.
  • 3rd floor
  • air-conditioning in bedroom only
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o. (€ 5.00)
  • linen and towels provided
  • no elevator
  • small kitchenette
  • TV
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
Robin on 23. Oct 2015:

What a charming, comfortable, quiet apartment in a terrific neighborhood! It looks exactly like the pictures. Very nice clean and comfortable bed and furnishings, beensy kitchen, well equipped. Working wifi, and a washing machine!
Nothing, except its 3 flights up so do your cardio ahead of time if you have heavy bags.
Easy as pie! excellent communication. I didn't need any additional help but its nice to know I could get it!
Chris on 20. Jul 2015:

The location of this apartment was perfect! The street is filled with local restaurants, bars, and gelatarias. I was most excited about the historic district of Rome, and I could walk to the Colosseum in 10 minutes. This apartment made us feel like we were living in Rome, not just visiting. If you're big on walking, you can even walk to the Vatican from here (about 50 minutes) and avoid the crowded metro. If you prefer the metro, there is a stop right at the end of the street, less than 5 minutes away.
Though it is clearly marked in the description, the A/C unit is only in the bedroom and the rest of the apartment can get pretty hot during the summer. I would not plan on having someone sleep on the couch if you are visiting during these months. Otherwise, get this place!
After originally booking a different apartment, we received some advice from a friend in Rome and decided to switch to this apartment because of it's location. I emailed Cross-Pollinate and the change was made by the end of the day. It was literally so easy. I just emailed saying "hey, I'd like to have this place instead" and it was taken care of. Great experience, we will definitely use Cross-Pollinate in the future!
Dawn O on 29. Apr 2015:

Location, location, location! Within walking distance to everything we wanted to visit, including Vatican City 45 minutes away. Great local eateries and one-off boutique shops in the same street, including a hairdresser and barber shop. Wonderful to have the use of a washing machine in the apartment. Absence of souvenir sellers was wonderful!
Very good to deal with. Would use them again. We had a problem with the plumbing which was dealt with promptly.
Michelle Smith on 25. Sep 2014:

Good advice from cross pollinate on where to stay, apartment and area perfect for us. Wonderful location , right on street with shops and resturants , but apartment quiet and comfortable.
Cross - pollinate gave very good advice in recommending this apartment, thank you we had a wonderful time.
Rahul Meharunkar on 24. Jun 2014:

Nice location, nice apartment
sofas , beds are somewhat old...need to have new and firm mattress and AC in the bedroom makes lot of noise.. But nice apartment overall...Njoied a lot....
Cross-pollinate has been amazing... this was the first time i was using cross pollinate, and i have already told many to use cross-pollinate services...! great..keep it up..
Erica on 24. Jun 2013:

Cute apartment, good location, near good restaurants, very close to coffee and gelato.
Nice, helpful and responsive staff. Booked a taxi through them, which made the arrival very easy and stress-free.
anonymous on 28. Dec 2012:

Location--especially the street life comfortable bed, good heat, nice bathroom quiet
the kitchen is tight, but I don't know how to improve it The table in the dining area is a bit high (and the chairs there are not comfortable.
Fantastic. Definitely want to use it again.
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Property details
Property details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 2 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: apartment will be clean by 12pm (noon) on day of check-in, check-out time is 10 am, linens and towels changed once a week, luggage cannot be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, non-smoking, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price), fee for check-in after 7pm and Sundays & holidays €25
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 Appartamento Urbana 3
Foro Romano
Vatican City
Trevi Fountain
Circus Maximus
Piazza del Popolo
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Stazione Termini
Campo dei Fiori
Piazza di Spagna
Piazza Navona