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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
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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
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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
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Apartment Ricasoli
This bright and quiet apartment is located in the heart of the city, in the most central area of the historic centre: near Piazza San Marco and the Duomo (literally half a block away!) and just a few minutes walking distance from the cities' most important museums, theaters, fashion boutiques, and last nut not least its (arguably) best restaurants!

The apartment is on the first floor (without elevator) of a characteristic Florentine building. Nicely renovated and fully equipped, it's occasionally lived in by its owners who can't stay away from Florence for too long.

It's an open space with living area, dining area and kitchen corner (fully equipped), open gallery bedroom (no railing so not ideal for the 'unstable' such as small kids or the elderly), and then a bathroom (with shower. )
  • cable/satellite TV
  • 1st floor
  • air-conditioning
  • full kitchen
  • independent heating
  • no elevator
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
  • linen and towels provided
John on Oct 2017:

Neat, spacious, well-equipped modern loft on pedestrian-only street. Great kitchen. Great mattress. Ideal location for the power sight-seer, 1 block from the Duomo, 2 from the Academy, 3 from San Marco (with buses to everywhere) and the central produce market. Alberto was was friendly, helpful, and efficient.
There can be singing and talking late into the night. This section of town has the most tourists.
Elmarie on Oct 2015:
Cecilia was wonderful - she welcomed us at the apartment; gave us a map marked with great spots for lunch, dinner, gelato and shopping and was always available to help. The apartment is perfectly situated close to the Duomo with the Piazza Dei Signori, Ponte Vecchio and the Mercato Centrale a short walk away. There is a supermarket just a short walk and the apartment is well equipped and truly a home away from home.
Sung Jin on Oct 2015:
I enjoyed my trip in Florence. This apartment is very clean and gave us good environment. good location 10min' from SMN station and 1 minute from Duomo . I was happy with fast speed of wifi, washing machine, refrigerator, air-conditioner. Especially manager staff was really kind of us. I will stay this apartment if I visit Florence again.
Ahn-thu Lee on Oct 2015:
Fantastic location, only 50 yards to the Duomo and 150 yards to the Accademia. Big apartment (it was surprising to walk in and find a place that was twice as big as it looked on the internet), very quiet for being in the heart of the city. Only noisy on Tuesday morning when the trash trucks come early. Modern and clean furniture and very well maintained. Services are very close by: internet cafe across the street, coffee bar 10 yards down the street, Tourist Information office around the corner and night club next to the Tourist office. Will definitely be staying there again on our next trip. There's in no parking, so don't rent a car; plus you don't need it since everything is in walking distance. The Arno and Ponte Vecchio bridge is only a 10 or 15 minute walk. If you have luggage its to far a walk from the train station, take a cab. It was only 8 Euros for us each way.
Hannah on Oct 2015:

The location
The cleaning! Walls were filthy with stains and mould. Bedding had hair in it! Not sure if it had been clean from previous client?......... This should be reviewed.
Easy to use
Admin on 30. Oct 2015:
We've had good feedback for this apartment and the company that manages it has many positive reviews of their own from other sources. The building is from the 1200's and it's possible that there were mold stains - ie. the mold was killed but needs to be painted over in low season (November probably) when there are no guests. But this isn't really a reflection of cleanliness as much as a reality of an old building being in continuous use. As for the hair - the guests made no effort to contact the owners to change the sheets again, so I'm not sure what this was about. For sure, the place was cleaned for them and would have been cleaned again had they of voiced a complaint during their stay.
Peter on Mar 2015:

Central location, lovely apartment with everything you need.
There was a lot of noise from the street outside at night. Double glazing would be great.
anonymous on Feb 2015:
We live in Ricasoli, very good location, close to Duomo, not far to every viewpoint. It is a duplex room, big space with a kitchen and private bathroom. Very clean and well equippment. The staff are very nice as well.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (studio with loft / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 2 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 double & 1 double sofabed or 1 double (140 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 €3 per person per night (not included in price), cleaning fee of €80 is not included in the price, fee for check-in after 8 pm is €40
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 Apartment Ricasoli
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale