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 de Castellani
This cozy apartment is located in the middle of the historic center of Florence, just few steps from the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the Duomo. It is a 55 sqm studio apartment with double bed, a double sofa bed, kitchen and private bathroom with shower. The apartment has been entirely restored and comes with air conditioning, safe, independent heating, LED TV, hardwood floors, CD palyer and anti-acustic windows. It is suitable to accommodate up to 4 people. The apartment is at the third floor of a typical florentine historic building with no elevator.

About the area: Right smack in the historic center, the area is imposing, sometimes chaotic, a shopping and art Mecca, including the Piazza del Duomo, the elegant Via Calzaiuoli, which leads to Piazza della Signoria and the Loggia dei Lanzi. For those who want to stay in the bustling center of the city, and have everything nearby on foot, it's the perfect location.
  • 3rd floor
  • American coffee machine
  • air-conditioning
  • DVD/CD player
  • tea kettle
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • microwave
  • no elevator
  • stereo
  • TV
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
  • double glazed windows
  • mini-safe
  • kitchenette
Nathalie on May 2015:

The location was very practical. The appartment was clean and as described on the web site. The serivce for welcoming was friendly.
We are first time users and so far everything has been good. We would feel confident using Cross-Polinate in the future.
Barbara on Mar 2015:
Kimberly on Sep 2014:

We were very well received upon arrival. Very well located and Very quiet. Bed and sofa bed were both very confortable.
Very mininal improvements to be done. We couldnt be bothered with most of them but in case some people might want to know. Internet was not working the entire time. Shower did not drain. Not a lot of cooking ustensils.
Admin on 25. Sep 2014:
As far as we know, the guest never notified the owner or us regarding the wifi so they could offer assistance. They've checked again and have verified that it works. It's actually portable too and can be used anywhere in Florence while you're out and about.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (studio / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
Cancellations allowed up to: 30 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen bed & 1 double sofabed or 2 singles or 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, check-out time is 10 am, non-smoking, city tourist tax €4 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Appartamento de Castellani
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale