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
Paolo Secondo B&B
Paolo Secondo B&B is an apartment on the outskirts of The Vatican City with breathtaking bedroom-window views of St Peter’s Basilica. But aside from fantastic public transport links and its close proximity to the great sights of Rome, it’s the hospitality offered by the owners, Rosa & Fabrizio, that makes this apartment such a hidden gem.

Rosa and Fabrizio, are a kind, welcoming Roman couple with a love of art and travel. Fabrizio’s own paintings and easel are on display in the private en-suite apartment that they reserve for their guests. And Rosa’s contribution comes from her natural inclination as a warm and helpful host. If there’s something you want to see in Rome, Rosa will make sure you have all the necessary information to get there. And she also her own favourite list of hidden gems that you’ll find in few travel guides.

The apartment itself is within Rose & Fabrizio’s own home (although the entire home can also be rented out to guests if needed). Separated from the main apartment by a door, the guest apartment has its own entrance hallway that leads to the modern and bright guest bathroom, and the bedroom. Furnished with a cosy double bed, a dressing cabinet that shelves guide books to the city, and an intricate, antique wooden bedside table, the bedroom is bright and intimate.

Breakfast is served daily between 8am and 9am in the spacious family kitchen, often accompanied by Rosa’s own homemade bread and always accompanied by fantastic tips on getting around the city. As soon as you step out of the front door of the apartment building, The Vatican City walls are just a five-minute walk away. To get around the rest of the city, there are multiple bus stops just around the corner, and one of Rome’s main train stations (Roma San Pietro) is also just a five-minute walk from the apartment.
  • 5th floor
  • air-conditioning
  • breakfast included
  • hair dryer
  • linen and towels provided
  • iron
  • WiFi
  • with elevator
  • TV
Bob Karstens on Oct 2018:
Rosa and Fabrizio are Great hosts and very helpful. The location is excellent and makes it easy to visit Roma. Grazie mille.
Paul and Loree T. on Jul 2018:

As other reviewers have commented: Rosa and Fabrizio were extremely gracious, welcoming and helpful. Having never been to Rome, we had many questions and they couldn't have been more accommodating. They are passionate and proud of their city. We found the location perfect. The bus stop was viewable from our window, as was St. Peter's Basilica. Travel into the city was about as simple as it could get as the #64 took you to Piazza Venezia and from there you were a leisurely 20-30 min walk to all the sites. Rosa's morning breakfast, served in her kitchen, was as Italian as it gets and just what was needed to fuel your day. We started our Italian journey in Rome and of all the places that we stayed, this was our favourite. We will be back.
Easy and trustworthy.
David France on Jun 2018:

The lovely owners, the room, the location. The owners were great in giving advice on good places to eat and visit, things not obvious in normal guidebooks.
Clear map of location. Google is too vague and CP didn't help much. We wasted a lot of time initially finding accommodation.
Very good. The accommodation type is just what we love so would use CP again.
Fons Plukker on May 2018:

The nice breakfast, and the nice tips to visit Rome
very good
Stephanie on Sep 2017:

Rosa and Fabritzio were such lovely hosts. Very kind and considerate. The room is exactly what I imagined and more, beautiful decor and a perfect view of the Vatican. Super close to train and bus transportation too!
Easy and accurate, trustworthy
Marisol on Mar 2017:

Walking distance to Vatican. Helpful host. Comfortable room with private bathroom. Tasty, light breakfast each morning. Would stay here again.
Excellent resource. Would recommend using it again in my future travels.
Sue Martin on Jan 2017:

Rosa was wonderful, kind, very friendly going above and beyond to help us make our stay wonderful. It felt like being at home. The location was fabulous, bus stop right out the front of the apartment building and just a 5 minute walk to St Peter's.
All good.
Lynette Gossen on Jul 2016:

Rosa, our host, was very friendly and helpful. She offered suggestions for places to visit, information on transportation and shopping, and her breakfasts were delicious! We had our own private space including a bathroom and an air-conditioned bedroom with a beautiful view of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. The location of the apartment was central, a mere 15 minute walk to the Basilica and a short bus ride to the heart of the city. Our stay at Paolo Secondo B&B definitely enhanced our experience of Rome and we look forward to returning soon!
Nothing - It was perfect! :)
Excellent service, easy to use and very informative! We were very pleased and will definitely use Cross-Pollinate for future trips to Europe.
average score
4.9 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: guestroom (owner lives on premises), 1 guestroom, with private bathroom (not-ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 7 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: city tourist tax included in price, check-out time is 12 pm (noon), non-smoking, room will be ready by 1 pm for check-in
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 Paolo Secondo B&B
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