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 Rovere Blu
Appartamento Rovere Blu is located on the first floor of a small 16th-century building in Piazza della Rovere, a top location between St. Peter's, Trastevere and the beautiful street Via Giulia. It's really just a few steps from the Vatican, and conveniently within walking distance from many of the famous tourist sights of Rome. It's also well-connected by public transport. Just outside the 'traffic limited zone', it can be reached by car.

The first thing you'll notice upon entering the apartment is the nice view on the Lungotevere, lined with trees, and the Tiber river behind them. Depending on the season and the 'leafiness' of those trees you might get a full view of Castel St. Angelo.

The apartment consists of a large and bright living room (with those two gorgeous windows!), with sofabed and a kitchenette (electric stove, fridge, and dishes for cooking, as well as a nice seating/eating area), a quiet bedroom with a queen-sized bed, and a bathroom with shower (no tub). The apartment has been recently restructured, with exposed wood ceiling beams and terracotta floors, allowing it to maintain its traditional Roman aspect typical of the residences in historic center, and creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The owner is also a passionate environmentalist and has recycled many of her family's vintage furniture pieces, giving it a nice and personal touch.

The apartment is equipped with air-conditioning, independent heating, satellite TV, stereo, washer, hair dryer, and iron with ironing board.

Please note: a group of five is only possible if the fifth person is a child, as the fifth bed is very small and the apartment is not big enough for a group of five adults.

For larger groups: there is another very similar apartment next door, Rovere Brown (owned by the same person), which can sleep up to 6 people.
  • 1st floor
  • no elevator
  • independent heating
  • small kitchenette
  • air-conditioning
  • hair dryer
  • cable/satellite TV
  • washing machine
  • iron
  • stereo
  • flatscreen TV
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • WiFi
  • linen and towels provided
John on Nov 2012:

Quite a reasonable price for central gaff. Proximity to the Vatican handy and nice walk to nearby Trastevere. Well stocked kitchen for pots and pans. Light main room despite no real view.
Place look better online than in reality. A bit sterile and could be so much nicer without spending a lot of money. As a wine drinker, nice, even just matching glasses would be good. Simple rug on floor would up the comfort feel quite a bit. Guy in expensive nearby mini-market could do with some people skills - better to buy stuff while you are out.
Think I might have been expecting too much. All went OK loot wise etc but thought had found kindred spirits and was already looking forward to other cities but am now having second thoughts. All sounded a lot more than it seemed in the end.
Jane on Nov 2012:

Location Local shop and restaurants Feel of the apartment Super warm really quickly
Not sure if possible to improve sound insulation - ok at night - main problem from rush hour traffic and ambulances going into nearby hospital! Maybe curtains or blinds for the person sleeping on the sofa bed
Yet again really friendly and helpful welcome - thanks - hope to be back again before too long :)
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3.8 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 5 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, by credit card with 5% surcharge, by Paypal (guest pays the fees)
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: smoking permitted, check-out time is 11 am, apartment will be clean by 1 pm on day of check-in, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price), fee for check-in after 10 pm is €30, fee for check-in after midnight is €50
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 Appartamento Rovere Blu
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