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 2
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 first Urbana apartment is on the 2nd floor with no elevator. It's a bit darker than the "Urbana 2" 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
Rahul Meharunkar on 28. May 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 27. Mar 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 09. Jun 2013:

Location was great! We loved the street that this apt was on! To s of great restaurants that would open up for dinner! Tons of people also came out to the fountain at night to socialize and have a drink!! Super fun area:)
Listing states there is wifi. Saw the router, but there was no information written in the apt or a password anywhere. I emailed them 3 times and they refused to give me the password and just kept telling me to look in the apt in many different places. They said look by the chess set, there was no chess set to start and definitely no password. When you spend that much I would expect to be able to use the wifi and have them be more helpful! Kitchen was a shoebox. I don't think we could have made a meal in it if we tried as it was so small and such limited supplies/dishes/etc....
Loved cross pollinate, used them again in Venice! Will definitely tell anyone I know that's coming to Italy about the site!! Thank you!! :)
Admin on 25. Dec 2013:
As of September 2013 this apartment has a new property manager so this review should be seen in a historic context.
anonymous on 13. Feb 2013:

It was very roomy. There were some nice amenities: washer, iron, hair dryer, well stocked plates, glasses. The neighborhood was wonderful. Despite the negatives below this place could be fantastic with a little simple fine tuning.
It is difficult to put this in just a few words: The cleaning person showed up with us at 13:51 (we had told them we would be there at 14:00) and we were told that we were early. They told us that they needed an hour to clean so we left and ate lunch. When we returned the apartment was locked and no one was there to give us any information. When I attempted to get in the apartment the lock simply spun without engaging. When I turned the lock and pulled on the door it popped the lock off(when I checked all of the screws for the lock were stripped as the person who fixed it admitted because the door was a problem, in fact the lock was only held by a screw which was leaning up against a small lip on the lock). We could not use the door until it was fixed and this occurred only after Cross-pollinate was involved. At that point someone and a friend simply pounded on it and I am guessing added longer screws. The internet never worked. On the plus side we were left a small refund though we told them we did not want one (it was much more important to me to have ready access to the internet so I could keep up on my office). We received no instructions on how anything worked or where anything was. There was a partial roll of toilet paper and no more. We received one towel a piece and no others, i.e. hand or face towels. There was one kitchen towel which was covered in grime.
While Cross-pollinate aided getting the door repaired, I was unhappy with several aspects of the course of dealings. The door was so obviously a problem the screening should have noticed it. I am not handy by any stretch of the imagination but I could see that a screw put in crooked to lean against the side of a lock so it lightly overlaps a lip is a safety concern. I was also concerned that I was my cc'ing Cross-pollinate on e-mails with attempts to get the internet fixed were met with a response that the owner had spent money to fix the lock so I should not expect a refund. The lock was something that should have been repaired before our arrival. Frankly, pounding and adding a screw or two could not have cost much. We were not looking for a refund but just to get the internet working. It is important to have access to it during down times of the trip. I sat on the curb to check my e-mails. I would have expected a response that was solicitous of our concerns not defensive.
Admin on 25. Dec 2013:
I\'m sorry that it seemed we were unresponsive. The owner tried his best to get the internet working again but couldn\'t, so instead he offered a discount. This was unrelated to the lock, which he also fixed that same evening at a big expensive, which of course the guests weren\'t asked to pay for. Since the owner was responsive about the internet, there was no need to send for me to send multiple emails, really. It is worthwhile to note that this apartment is not well stocked. One towel a person and little toilet paper. The problem is that to keep the costs low they really have to skimp on consumables because when they leave more, people really go through it (can be on the excessive/wasteful side), literally using towels to wipe their feet with and ruining them. In any case, as of September 2013 this apartment has a new property manager so this review should be seen in a historic context.
anonymous on 16. Nov 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
FREE cancellation up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed types: 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies : apartment will be clean by 12pm (noon) on day of check-in, check-out time is 10 am, city tourist tax €2 per person per night (not included in price), linens and towels changed once a week, luggage cannot be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, non-smoking, fee for check-in after 7 pm is €25
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 Appartamento Urbana 2
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