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 Mirta
The Mirta apartment is located in the San Lorenzo district, in the very heart of Florence, a short walk walk the central train station, Santa Maria Novella, and just a few minutes to the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio.

Even though the San Lorenzo market is bustling and active (with great, inexpensive food and all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables), the apartment is quiet as the windows all face the internal courtyard.

Elegantly restored in 2014 and carefully furnished by the owners, it can comfortably accommodate 6 people. There's two bedrooms, one with double bed and ensuite bathroom, and one with twin beds which uses another bathroom with shower accessed in the hall. The living room has a fold out sofa. The balcony faces the garden/courtyard and has views of the Cappelle Medici's Dome.

In front of the apartment building is a garage for those arriving by car. It can be reserved for guests on requests and costs around 30 euro a night.

For foodies, a cooking class can be arranged by the owner of the apartment, Sandro, who teaches how to make some of the best traditional recipes of the typical Florentine cuisine and after the class you can of course taste what you have prepared in the flat.
  • 2nd floor
  • American coffee machine
  • air-conditioning
  • dishwasher
  • full kitchen
  • hair dryer
  • independent heating
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • microwave
  • no elevator
  • private balcony
  • tea kettle
  • toaster
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
Chad on Jul 2018:

Location Size - great for 6 people Air conditioning Comfortable beds Quiet Great bathrooms & showers Clothes washing machine
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Great support - easy to use with great response times during booking & excellent follow-up prior to check-in/arrival. Overall, an excellent experience & I'd definitely recommend Cross-Pollinate (in fact, I already have recommended to several friends).
Beverly Williams on Sep 2016:

This apartment was perfect for our group of four (two couples). Full kitchen, multiple bathrooms, WiFi, air-conditioning, and a walkable location.
The larger bathroom has a sky-light. An upstairs neighbor's window has a direct view into the shower. Recommend that you steam up the sky-light before getting into the shower or you'll give them a nice show. Minor issue and can easily work around it. (Please don't let that stop you from renting this apartment.)
Accurate, timely, polite, and easy. Cross-Pollinate did everything I'd expect and were happy to help with questions.
Matt on Oct 2015:

Very spacious. Great location.
Neighbors were a bit noisy a few of the nights. The wifi was pathetic. I was told this was a recent issue, but it was basically unusable. Also, we kept getting bitten by insects. Each morning we would all wake up with fresh bites. At first we thought it was bed bugs, but did not see any evidence of this. We kept the windows open so maybe mosquitos were coming through?
Was pretty smooth, but I didn't require any particular help either way.
Sarah Napoli-Rangel on Jun 2015:

It was huge! All the rooms were nicely furnished and appointed. The balcony in the back had a view of the duomo, heaven! 2 bathrooms and an extra toilet meant that the 3 ladies each had a mirror in the morning. The kitchen was gourmet and lovely every morning. We got a free cooking class because we stayed 5 days and the owner Sandro was so sweet and impressive! We learned so much even if we don't normally eat the items he made. The location was incredible, we never had to take a bus, we walked everywhere and it never took more than 15 mins!
We did have a miscommunication about the cooking class, two of us did not eat red meat and all the food was red meat, but in the end it was still incredible and we learned so much. We told the manager but it must have been miscommunicated, language barriers etc. Maybe have a form or something to fill in with food allergies etc., but it was a free class so I can't complain too much!
As usual, so helpful! I asked for a centrally located apartment that could house 3 folks and you provided a great recommendation!
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4.8 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (2 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms), sleeps max. 6 people
Payment accepted: by credit card 30 days before arrival, cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 90 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 1 queen & 1 single
Policies & Extra Charges: check-out time is 10 am, city tourist tax €3 per person per night (not included in price), apartment will be clean by 3 pm on day of check-in, cleaning fee of €70 is not included in the price, luggage cannot be held before check-in, luggage cannot be left after check-out, non-smoking, damage deposit of €300 due in cash on arrival
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 Appartamento Mirta
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale