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
Ca' Frari
What's great about Ca' Frari? First and foremost, its location! Situated right in front of the gorgeous Chiesa dei Frari, this is a part of Venice that's difficult not to love-- super-central but nonetheless a bit off the beaten track, you'll be pretty much anywhere you'd want to go in 15 minutes.

In the immediate surroundings, you have great cafes, bookshops, a supermarket, and the whole area of the neighborhoods San Polo/Santa Croce is famous for its food. Within a minute you'll be on the square in front of the church and from there you can take a stroll along the canal, to just take in the beauty of this city and let the sun shine on your face, or walk to one of the many interesting eateries of this town.

The apartment itself is situated on the ground floor and accessed from a quiet courtyard. Furnished quite simply and rather basic, it's composed of a large entrance area with 2 double sofabeds and kitchen/eating area, one bedroom, and a bathroom (entry is from the bedroom); there is enough room for a couple, a family, or a group of friends.

Davide, the owner, lives just around the corner and is determined to make your stay at Ca' Frari a pleasant one. He's Venetian-born and very proud of his city.
  • ground floor
  • linen and towels provided
  • eat-in kitchen
  • air-conditioning
  • flatscreen TV
  • hair dryer
  • Italian coffee maker
  • microwave
  • WiFi
  • mini-safe
Grace on Apr 2017:

This apartment was absolutely beautiful. Everything was clean, and there was plenty of space for 2 people to spread out and relax. We really enjoyed being able to sit down and eat breakfast in the kitchen in the morning, and Davide was kind enough to leave us things like milk and coffee so we did not have to go out and buy anything. Davide was very kind and had lots of tips/suggestions of where we should go in Venice.
The only issue we had was with the wifi. A couple of times it would disconnect. Other than that, though, everything was perfect, and I would definitely recommend this place!
Gerry on Jun 2014:

Location, space, able to do own breakfast and lunch. It is close enough to things that we could go back in the early afternoon for a rest before going out for the evening.
Not really anything. Safe did not work when we were there but that is only thing.
Service worked very well. Have suggested site to others.
Lauren on Mar 2014:

The apartment is big (we were a couple but it accommodates a family), clean, comfortable, and very centrally located, about equidistant from St. Mark's Square and the bus and train stations. Davide was very friendly and helpful. He met us at the nearest landmark (Frari church) since the apartment is tucked away in a side street nearby, gave us a map and showed us the paths to some sights and the nearest supermarket, provided milk and pastries as well as plenty of dishes and utensils for cooking, and the apartment had guidebooks and other info on local sights in multiple languages.
Really helped narrow down my search for self-catering apartments.
David on May 2013:
Davide was great, flexible, and helpful. The location was about as good as it gets! The kitchen was totally functional, and the rooms were cutely decorated. We had everything we needed, plus coffee!
Ellen on May 2013:

This apartment is very centrally located in Venice. A reasonable walk from the train station and areas of interest. The apartment was very comfortable for two people or a family of four. There is a very nice kitchen and a supermarket near by, so we saved money by cooking our own Italian meals, fresh bread, cheese and pasta as well as salad ingredients. Espresso and pastries are provided for breakfasts. The towels provided are ample, there's free wi-fi, and a nice wall TV. The price is reasonable compared to the cost of hotel rooms.
It would be nice to have some dish towels and pot holders .
Working with Cross-Pollinate was easy. I really liked the fact that staff had personally vetted all of the spaces they list. The booking was easy. Within two days I had my reservation confirmed. The staff was quite responsive to any questions I had. I would not hesitate to recommend Cross-Pollinate to anyone traveling in the the areas they service, especially Italy.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 6 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen & 1 double sofabed or 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, must call owner upon arrival for check-in, check-out time is 12 pm (noon), luggage can be left after check-out, luggage can be held before check-in, apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, city tourist tax €1.50 per person per night (not included in price), fee for check-in after 9 pm is €30
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 Ca' Frari
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Piazzale Roma
Piazza San Marco
Ponte di Rialto
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