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 Saturnia
This lovely modern holiday apartment in Florence is a bright one-bedroom perfectly located for those who want to walk along the characteristic Florentine streets of historic center and discover the places that make Florence so unique. Close to the apartment, you can find restaurants, trattorias, and enotecas where you can taste excellent Italian food. The apartment is located very close to all types of public transport (bus, taxi, train) and within walking distance of the tourist sights. Appartamento Saturnia has a bright bedroom with 2 single beds (which can be pushed together and made up as a queen-sized bed) and a plasma TV and wardrobe, a tastefully decorated red bathroom with shower, a living room with modern furnishings, and a colorful kitchen. There is a panoramic view on the San Lorenzo basilica. Other amenities include WiFi, air-conditioning, double-glazed windows, DVD player, washing machine, dryer (a true rarity in Italy!), iron, and hair dryer.
  • linen and towels provided
  • air-conditioning
  • flatscreen TV
  • microwave
  • DVD/CD player
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • toaster
  • radio
  • WiFi
  • washing machine/dryer
  • independent heating
  • tea kettle
  • double glazed windows
  • 3rd floor
  • with elevator
Jarrod on Feb 2017:
Wonderful modern apartment in the middle of Central Market. Very clean, very comfortable, very nice! Modern appliances throughout the apartment. Spacious and surprisingly quiet because of the acoustic windows. Just steps away from the central market where you can get all the best food in Florence! 10 minutes easy walk with luggage from the train station. The owner took alot of pains to explain the apartment and things to do in Florence. Very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended!
Paul on Feb 2017:
Very bright and comfortable apartment. Good locationin the historic center: 3 minutes walk to the Duomo and near many restaurants. I recommend.
on Jun 2014:
Spacious, bright, clean, very well appointed apartment.
Carol, David, and Ted Armitage on May 2014:

Stefano the host was most helpful and charming. The apartment was stocked with anything we could possibly have needed. Great location, comfortable and stylish apartment.
Can't think of anything. It was wonderful.
We recommended it to friends who will travel this fall.
Susan Baker, USA on Apr 2014:

Apartment is newly renovated, stylish, centrally located. Appliances, supplies and linens all excellent. Attentive owner. Would recommend!
We would appreciate English language TV news. We scrolled through entire channel listing, there is no BBC, CNN, SKY or other English language news. If owner is being told this is included in his cable TV package, he is being deceived!
Admin on 14. Apr 2014:
I'm sorry you had the impression there were international channels. We have never listed that there is cable or satellite TV at this property.
RB on Oct 2013:
Very nice, well equipped and well maintained, clean, beds comfortable. Location close walk to tourist sites, but right next to central market which is quite noisy. There are sound insulating windows, and with the windows closed noise is not bad, but we were there in late October. In warm months when the windows would be open, the noise would be a big problem. Late at night, 10 or 11 pm, street sweeping machines clean up the market area every night, and are noisy. So, everything was great except for the noise issue. The apartment is nicer than it looks in the photos.
Mary Ann Azer on Sep 2013:

The apartment was very central and is easy to reach from the train. It was very clean and spacious for a family of 4.
Lisa Gabrish Grabovac on Sep 2013:

The apartment was clean, well-appointed, and centrally- located.
No improvements; but potential visitors should be aware that the apartment is located in the central market area and the street can be a little noisy.
Excellent; a great way to travel without staying in hotels.
Admin on 14. Sep 2013:
Yes, the market, which can be busy during the day, is great to be close to in that it's probably the biggest, and least expensive markets in Florence. The windows are all double paned and sound proof, so with them closed, it shouldn't be of any concern unless someone is ultra sensitive to noise.
Jenny on Jun 2013:

We really loved this apartment. The living area is very well set up, great kitchen. The Internet and air conditioning were excellent, there are guide books available. It is central but quiet. It is directly opposite the main food market making eating good Tuscan produce easy! The host was very helpful.
Carole on Jun 2013:
Really big Location, air conditioning. Stefano was really thorough in his explanation of all aspects of apt care.
Katherine on May 2013:

This apartment was beautifully appointed, modern and clean. The windows provided complete silence for the marketplace below. Owners clearly care about this property. Kitchen was well equiped. Location was excellent - close to train station and convenient walking distance from historical attractions. Being next to the Mercado Centrale was great! We enjoyed shopping and cooking fresh produce daily! Staff was very helpful with directions and suggestions, and provided delicious and generous welcome gifts.
There was some confusion about a security deposit, the language barrier kept us from really understanding. There was no mention on Cross-Polinate website about a security deposit for this accomodation that I saw. Ultimately, we did not have to provide a security deposit.
Admin on 03. Jun 2013:
Yes, you should not have to provide one as we have a special agreement. Sorry for the confusion!
Srilalitha on Apr 2013:

Saturnia was a real surprise to us -- we expected something rather duller from the pictures. It turned out to be stylish and expansive, the bright kitchen inspiring for a little local cooking, and Stefano's welcome snacks and drinks great appetisers. Thanks for a great stay!
The pictures posted, for sure - they don't do justice to the place at all. Watch out for the three-floor climb with luggage - but it's worth every step!
Absolutely fantastic resource. I would recommend it to anyone. I just wish C-P was available everywhere!:)
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 people
Payment accepted: by Paypal (guest pays the fees)
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 30 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, apartment will be clean by 2:30 pm on day of check-in, luggage cannot be held before check-in, check-out time is 11 am, luggage cannot be left after check-out, fee for check-in after 8 pm is €30, city tourist tax €3 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Appartamento Saturnia
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale