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
La Badia di Ponte Vecchio
Just steps from Ponte Vecchio and the Pitti Palace, in the heart of Medieval Florence, Appartamento La Badia di Ponte Vecchio is a recently renovated studio apartment. The apartment has a main bedroom (you can have 1 queen bed or 2 singles) with a small kitchenette, a bathroom, and a balcony. It's sunny and elegant, with air-conditioning, WiFi, TV, mini-safe, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer. It's on the fourth floor of a residential building with elevator. The apartment is non-smoking but guests can smoke outside on the balcony. The owners provide guests with a map upon arrival and information about the important tourist sights, as well as suggestions for great restaurants with Tuscan cuisine. They also provide a service of museum reservation booking. For guests who drive into Florence, the owners have an agreement for a special price with a nearby garage, who will come pick up your car at the apartment upon your arrival. The location is very pleasant, with fashionable shops and historic monuments (the Baptistery, the Duomo, and Giotto's bell tower, for example) all within walking distance. It's very easy to reach the train station by foot in about 15 minutes, or more quickly by bus.
  • iron
  • hair dryer
  • linen and towels provided
  • air-conditioning
  • private balcony
  • TV
  • small kitchenette
  • WiFi
  • mini-safe
  • with elevator
  • 4th floor
Susan and Mark on Sep 2013:

Location was wonderful, it was nice to have an apartment with a grocery nearby. Comfortable and spacious.Bruno was very friendly and helpful.
Some basic kitchen essentials like dishtowels and dish washing liquid would nice.Better wifi.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (studio / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 2 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 (160 cm) or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted on balcony only, check-out time is 11 am, apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, city tourist tax €3 per person per night (not included in price)
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 La Badia di Ponte Vecchio
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale