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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
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
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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
Casa di Annusca B&B
The Casa di Annusca B&B is made up of four rooms - two ground floor rooms that face the street (with double paned windows) with private bath, and two upstairs rooms with private bath with direct access to the garden. This upstairs rooms are considered the "superior" room and cost more, with access to the garden/courtyard. All rooms have AC and the second upstairs room is a triple/quad suite with a fold-out bed.

There is also use of a kitchen on the upstairs floor, whereas the downstairs rooms have a fridge. the downstairs room has a beautiful bathroom and is cozy, but has a lot of furniture in it - also it faces the street, so although it's not loud with the windows closed, if you open them you have the street level right outside the window (can be covered with a curtain for privacy).

Breakfast for both rooms is served either in the garden, weather permitting, or in the common living room/dining room area that's part of the owner, Fabio's, apartment.

The Oltrarno area of Florence is great in that it's central and accessible to the main sites by foot, but it feels local and actually lived in, rather than the area around the Duomo which is just shoulder to shoulder of tourists. The Oltrarno is where you'll find artisan shops, cheaper food, and a sense of what it's really like to live in Florence. The price here is low because it seems farther out, but I'd prefer to stay over here. Florence is small and in 10-15 minutes you can be at the Ponte Vecchio. When you're not sightseeing, this is the neighborhood where you'll find a cute cafe or local restaurant that won't break the bank.

The owner named the B&B in memory of his sister, and gets very good reviews for being a great host. He's also done the renovations with really high quality materials. The bathrooms, the flooring, the exposed beam ceilings - it makes an instant impression of being a high quality place.

The owner can organize tours with a private driver to SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO, PISA or LUCCA and VOLTERRA, through CHIANTI with wine tastings and lunch in a Trattoria in the countryside, as well as transfers to and from the airport and train station.
  • ground and 1st floor
  • private garden
  • fan
  • air-conditioning
  • TV
  • breakfast included
  • iron (upon request)
  • hair dryer (upon request)
  • superior room (with garden or courtyard view) (€ 20.00)
  • WiFi
on Jun 2018:
This was very clean, had a delicious breakfast, and very helpful owner.
Ray papke on Apr 2018:

Fabio was fabulous! He was informative, gracious and helped us with any questions! Best part was everything is in Walker my distance! Best meal in Florence was right around the corner from Fabio.
Can’t think of a thing.
Barbara Crawford on Oct 2017:

Fabio is a wonderful host and attended cheerfully to our every need. The breakfasts he serves are tasty and varied; I loved the assortment of fresh fruit, the home-made strudel, and strong coffee! We really enjoyed our stay!
The lighting in our room was a bit dim, the shower head dripped cold water on our heads while showering with the wand (a gallon-sized ziplock plastic bag secured around it solved that problem for the short term). I would have liked to have been able to open a window for ventilation but our unit was on the ground level and faced the street so perhaps that was not possible--fortunately the room was very quiet and there was a de-humidifier. Be aware that some tenants in the apartment smoke so there may be an odor of cigarette smoke at times although there was no such odor in our room.
We have enjoyed using Cross-Pollinate for several years and have always found them reliable and helpful. Thank you for your great service!
mary jane teachman on Jun 2017:

new, clean bathroom, optional in-room air-con, breakfast in quiet back garden
They were so patient with my repeated requests to see if a certain place had availability.
Lisa Chambers on Oct 2016:
Great location and the room was cozy and comfy.
Kevin Mack on Sep 2016:

Everything. The owner Fabio is fabulous. We had the best stay of our trip to Italy here. The breakfasts in the beautiful garden and once in the inside room were something we looked forward to everyday. The art in the room we were in made the stay even more pleasurable. Our room was very comfortable. If you get to stay here you are lucky. .
Cross-Pollinate. Is a great service. I like that they check the accomodation before they put it on their site, so you can trust the recommendation.
Michael D. on Jun 2016:

Walking into Casa di Annusca you immediately get the B&B feel of someone welcoming you into their home. Fabio is a fantastic host who shows you around, answers your questions, and makes you feel as though his home is your home. We ate a hearty breakfast by the garden each morning and slept in very comfortable rooms each evening.
The only downside, which is no fault of the owner, is the shower plumbing is awkward. We stayed in two rooms and both showers drained poorly. This caused water to pool quickly & even spill onto the bathroom floor, which we felt bad about due to the effort to clean.
Easy to use, communication was excellent!
mitsi on Apr 2015:

We loved our stay at Casa di Annusca.The location was ideal for us; breakfasts were wonderful; the garden is beautiful, it would have been lovely to be there when weather permitted using it in the mornings. Fabio is a most thoughtful and helpful host. This is a perfect example of why we feel that small B&B's are the best way to travel!
Couldn't be better.
Catherine on Apr 2015:

We really enjoyed our 5 day stay at Casa di Annusca. Great location in more local area with plenty of great local restaurants nearby. Room was comfy and Fabio's breakfast was great.
No problems.
Laura on Apr 2015:

Fabio was super helpful before and during our stay. The breakfast every morning was delicious and it was fun to meet the other residents of the B&B. The room was large and comfortable. The location was great, in a quite neighborhood but still very close to the city center.
I can't think of anything at the moment!
Cross-Pollinate was very helpful as well.
Richard on Apr 2015:

Couldn't have been nicer!
An excellent resource. Grazie!
Ron and Virginia Burian on Mar 2015:

We stayed at Casa di Annusca in April during Holy Week, and it was the perfect fit for our trip. It was located about a 10 minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Some people may prefer to be on the other side of the bridge where it is very busy with tourists, but we enjoyed being a few minutes’ walk away from that, staying in an area with the locals. Our host, Fabio, was extremely kind and generous. I became sick during our stay and he provided my husband with a tray of breakfast goodies to bring me in the room each day. He gave great advice on sites to see, and was always available to us. Thank you Fabio for sharing your home with us. We loved our stay.
Cross-Pollinate was extremely easy to use. They took care of our reservation and provided us with updates. I would recommend using them.
L & L on Oct 2014:

We stayed here for 5 nights in Oct. 2014. Our room on the second floor overlooking the back garden was comfortable, clean with a modern bathroom. There is a flight of steps from the entry of the B&B to the rooms.The owner Fabio was gracious and provided a very nice continental breakfast each morning in his dining room. Fabio also assisted us with local dining and site seeing suggestions. Fabio also contacted taxi service for us when requested. The B&B is about a 15 minute walk to central Florence, over the Arno. The area is a working class neighborhood, with restaurants, bars and grocery stores that gave us a good view of a less touristic Florence. We had a very enjoyable stay.
Our room could have had more adequate lighting, as the room was dimly lit at night.
We only have great praise for our experience with Cross-Pollinate. Amy and Steve responded to our e-mails quickly. This is our second time in 2014 that we have used Cross-Pollinate services and we highly recommend them and their properties. Both properties that we stayed at were as advertised.
claire Hyde on Oct 2014:

This B and B was a real highlight of our month long trip to Italy. Fabio was waiting for us when we arrived. We had the upstairs room overlocking the beautiful garden which was quiet. The bathroom was spacious and everything was very clean and inviting.Breakfast was delicious, pastry, yogurt, juice, coffee, meats and cheeses, breads. Didn't need lunch. Definitely would stay there again and have recommended it to others
Not a thing
As always, Cross-Pollinate came through for us. It is just the best for their lodging choices. Steve and Amy are very responsive to questions. We have used them for 10+ years and will continue to use them in the future and recommend them.
Laura on Oct 2014:

I liked the price more than anything, but Fabio was courteous. He made dinner reservations for me before I even arrived. He gave me keys before check-in time, and he stored my bags. He was helpful with bus directions, too. The Wi-Fi worked very well, and the bed was comfortable. Also, the room had a fan, which was nice on a warm day. I'd stay here again even with the few negatives. When you want to explore a city, a great price is important, and the necessary items (bathroom & bed) were clean!
My room was on the lower floor, and the people above us were very loud. That may not happen during every stay. A few items in the room were dusty, and I have allergies. Also, I left a little before breakfast was served. It would have been nice if something simple could have been packed for us to take on our journey, like a paper bag breakfast of a roll or two and maybe a yogurt. (There's a fridge in the room.)
I had to reschedule my dates, and Cross-Pollinate helped me. I'd use the service again.
Robin Jalkanen on Oct 2014:

The location within the Oltrarno district. The host was very friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast was more than what was expected, though remained the same throughout the week.
The lighting within the room was very dim. The armoire within the room was beautiful though unable to be used due to the overwhelming smell of mothballs. This smell was noticeable in the room even though we kept the armoire doors closed. This forced us to have to live out of our suitcases for the week.
I had not troubles with Cross-Pollinate and would use them again for future bookings.
Diane Dason/David Greenhill on Sep 2014:

Fabio made us as welcome as friends of his family- very warm and helpful. Loved the fresh fruit for breakfast, and the room/seating outdoors where it was held. Very quiet.
No difficulties whatever.
Alexa on Jun 2014:

The room we stayed in was very spacious. The decor is both elegant and cozy. The bathroom is big and modern. Everything is kept very clean. It is the only place we stayed during our three week trip in Italy that had screens on the windows, which we really appreciated. There is also a lounge area on the same floor with a dining table and refrigerator, so we did not always have to eat out. Fabio makes a very nice breakfast every morning, and is very helpful. We really liked the neighborhood a lot because it was so peaceful. There was convenient food, laundry and banking on the same street. If I am ever back in Florence, I would definitely stay here.
Cross Pollinate is easy to use and very thorough with instructions.
Margaret & Jim Cadwaladr on May 2014:

Very clean & recently renovated. We appreciated that there were mosquito screens on the doors and windows. This home has a quiet, private and very beautiful garden in the rear courtyard; we ate our lunches there twice...paradise! Fabio was very helpful and welcoming.
The hallway & stairs leading up to the first floor are very dark. Motion sensor lighting would take care of this problem.
No problems. Easy to use and three properties we booked and stayed at met or exceeded our expectations.
chandra widjaja rahardjo on May 2014:

the room is big and very clean. the environment is very great. Fabio the host is very nice. the breakfast is delicious. I hope we can come back to Florence very soon. Thanks Fabio
Cross Pollinate is easy to use and we don't have any problem with the bnb. and the picture is exactly same with the reality.
Margaret Barrie on May 2014:

Fabio was an extraordinarily helpful, professional, and warm host. He did everything he could possible to make my stay comfortable, even cooking me a 4-min egg once he knew I liked it and removing a strongly scented diffuser when he knew my skin reacted to it. I would recommend Fabio and Casa Annusca most highly.
The only thing I think that could be improved is to have mold remediation in the building. Once the scent of the diffuser subsided, you could smell the odor of mold. I think, when Fabio did rhe remodel of the rooms, some mold may have been exposed. This is not the first building where I experienced heavy scents and the odor of mold as you enter the building and even in the rooms. I suspect it is common in many of the older buildings, but it is an environmental challenge for those of who are sensitive to environmental toxins. My skin broke out and I began to itch. It\\\'s a good thing I brought something to treat it.
I could not be happoer with Cross-Pollinate and the staff, from Amy who gave me advise on too many things to detail, to the Beehive staff who helped me when I left my luggage there, and finally to Steve who helped me keep things in perspective and supported me with allowing me to leave my bags at the hub, \\\"The Beehive.\\\" I would book with Cross-Pollinate in a heartbeat and have recommended them to other travelers on my current trip. In the future I would caution your clients abouut the mold though.
Beverly W. on May 2014:

Our room was very comfortable, art on the walls,lovely furniture. Bathroom also very nice, pleanty of towels and hot water. We had a garden view and easy garden acess.The breakfast was the absolute best, with good food nicely served. Fabio could not have been a better host. If I ever get back to Florence I will stay there again, and would highly recommend this B&B.
Nothing, it was perfect!
Good, helpful and easy to use.
D Macdonald on May 2014:
Very unique and wonderful spot. Excellent breakfast served by a charming and helpful host. Walking distance to lots of Florence sights. Room nice, little natural light, but hey, Florence is so amazing who's there during the day? Remember that there are two sets of street numbers, one blue and white. One for residential and one for business. Modern bathroom. Security very good.
lee on May 2014:

I liked the room itself, it was huge room and I felt like was in a real home. I literallly slept comfortably. The owner, Fabio, was really helpful and he prepared a sumptous breakfast, I felt like i am in five star hotel.
Nothing to be improved, but just location is a bit far if you will go to tourist areas by walking. Though not a big deal, it was really a very safe place to walk.
It was good, very helpful, I am actually recommending it to my friends.
Jan and William McKay on Apr 2014:

The location, comfort of the beds, newness of the bathroom, interior design and hospitality of Fabio, owner of Casa di Annusca B&B was the winner of our 14 day trip to iTALY. His Easter Breakfast was both delicious and beautiful with views of the garden. So lovely!! Great experience.
Lighting in the room could be brighter. Clothes washer would be ever so helpful.
Great resource for Italy travel.
Eric on Apr 2014:

Fabio est un hôte charmant. Il n’est pas avare de conseils pour planifier nos visites touristiques ou pour découvrir un bon resto. Situé dans le quartier de l’Altroarno, ce B&B est très charmant. Le petit déjeuner se passe autour d’une grande table, ce qui permet le contact et l’échange avec d’autres occupants. La chambre à l’arrière est très calme et donne sur un jardin luxuriant et paisible. Étant également propriétaire d’un B&B, nous conseillons cette bonne adresse. Fabio is a lovely host. It is generous with tips for planning our sightseeing or to find a good restaurant. Located in the Altroarno, this B & B is very charming. Breakfast goes around a large table, which allows contact and exchange with other guests. The back room is very quiet and overlooks a lush and peaceful garden. We are also the owner of a B & B, we suggest that good address.
damage that Cross-Pollinate does not exist in Brussels and Belgium
Marianne on Apr 2014:

Fabio was a very gracious host! The property is not in a touristy part of Florence, but very easy to get to either walking or by bus. Artisan shops, excellent restaurants and laundry nearby.The room was artfully decorated and comfortable. Very clean with nice bathroom facilities. On the way to breakfast we enjoyed the pretty spring garden. Breakfast was lovely with a beautiful table setting and plenty to eat, including delicious strudel, egg, fresh fruits and juices. This property worked well for our family party of four.
Lighting was adequate most of the time, but the option of some brighter lighting when organizing and packing would have been helpful.
This is a great site. We used it twice this trip with good results. Thanks!
Patsy & Stan on Mar 2014:

Fabio was a great host. Good location, very nice garden & delicious hot pastry for breakfast. Very clean & safe. Breakfast room was very pleasant, comfortable bed & we liked the personal connection to the art work.
We had a good experience with cross pollinate this time & in the past.
Elena Black on Feb 2014:

Fabrulous host- room nicely decorated- really delicious breakfast. I forgot my coat and the host mailed it to me at my next destination! Great suggestions for our activities.
ian Aerts on Oct 2013:

All. The geographical situation. The beauty of the decoration. The lovely garden. The excellent breakfast with nice music in a romantic room with gorgeous vieuw. A charming, always helpfull host.
The host was working on improvement when i was there. Don't think i know better.
Shams on Oct 2013:

The owner was extremely friendly and helpful. He shared some info we needed fpr our trip and even printed them for us himslef. The room was extremely causy and clean yet had everything we needed.
The location is about 20 mins walking from ElDuomo. The room had no refrigirator bur wasnt much needed.
Jack & Patty on Oct 2013:

We liked the location. We could walk to everything we wanted to see in 15 to 20 minutes. The breakfast was excellent (food was good and very nice presentation). We enjoyed meeting and talking with the other guests during breakfast (4 different countries during our stay). Fabio was a great host and was very helpful.
Nothing comes to mind.
Cross-Pollinate was wonderful. I am not sure how I would have found these wonderful places without it. The web-site was nicely done, provided useful information in making our selections, and was every accurate about the two places we stayed. Steve and Amy were very responsive to our questions and provided helpful information. I will use them in the future anytime the opportunity arrises and recommend them to friends.
Patti H on Oct 2013:

The rooms are beautiful, is close to the center of town but out of the tourist madness. It had a wonderful breakfast with protein and fruit and the owner is charming and helpful. It is really a great place to stay.
Europeans don't use screens on the windows. In order to get some cool air into the room we opened the window. Mosquitoes flew in, we were bitten, we then found and killed 8 or 9 mosquitoes. It would be optimal to be able to get some fresh air without being attacked by blood- sucking insects!
Easy to use, a great site. Excellent accommodations.
Kat Casale on Oct 2013:

Fabio was wonderful, very kind and helpful. The room was clean and comfortable. The breakfasts were delicious, especially the apple strudel. I would absolutely stay there again and recommend it to friends.
Our room had a window to the street and you could hear some road noise, so you may want to bring ear plugs. Not something to improve, just something to be aware of.
We never would have found Casa di Annusca without Cross-Pollinate, and our stay there was one of the highlights of our trip!
on Sep 2013:

The place was better than we expected. The breakfast was wonderful and generous as is Fabio!
Cross Pollinate can really be trusted for really good value.
Barbara Angermeier on Sep 2013:

We stayed in the "superior" room overlooking the garden and I liked that it was a very quiet space. The adjacent, as yet unfinished kitchen, was also a nice respite for afternoon coffee. Once the kitchen is completed, this space may get a bit noisy but with the small # of rooms in this B & B, it should not be a problem. I cannot say enough good about the host, Fabio. He was attentive beginning with always getting back to us in a timely manner with emails and he was comprehensive once we were there to orient us to his place and to Florence. I will definitely stay with Fabio again. Lastly, the breakfast Fabio prepared was top notch with great attention to detail.
If possible, offer a second set of towels for guests staying beyond a couple days.
Cross-pollinate was always running in the background in a most professional, prompt, and efficient way. Before finding them, I was spinning my wheels using Air B & B and getting nowhere. I cannot believe my luck in finding Cross- pollinate. I will go to them first next time. Thank you.
Brian J on Sep 2013:

Fabio was a great host and very accommodating. His B&B is very nice and quite and the breakfast was tasty.
This was my first time using cross pollinate and the service was great!
Yujin Jeong on Sep 2013:

I would like to say everything was great in this place. We were arrived very late night however he showed us very warm welcome. Facilities were good and I had great breakfast under the cosy atmosphere (I stayed almost ten places during this trip in Italy so I could compare the value of price with others ).
Well, if the location were closer to main landmarks this place would be perfect. Though I will stay here when I go Florence again.
They are very helpful. And I am satisfied with their reply. They gave me very detail information such as direction of the place ,extra fee ( city tax...), owner\\\'s policies... Everyting was very clear and quick.
Gloria Tozek on Sep 2013:

My partner and I both thoroughly enjoyed the breakfasts provided. There was lots of variety and it was fresh and tasty. The breakfast setting was also lovely. The host was kind, thoughtful and generous with information. Location was excellent for getting to all the sites and for services such as laundry, internet and restaurants.
Our room faced the street so we had some street noise when we were trying to sleep. Not sure how this could be changed.
Found the review to be quite accurate which is a major concern. Service was quick and easy to use.
Kellie Farster on Sep 2013:

Fabio was a gracious host and prepared a beautiful breakfast for us during our stay in Florence. We were only 15 minutes from the Uffizzi Gallery and Fabio even got our breakfast ready early so that we could make our reservation time. We had the room in the front with private bath, which was so convenient for us leaving early and arriving late. There is also a laundry mat open until 11pm near the apartment. We would definitely stay here again the next time we are in Florence.
I only wish that we could have stayed longer - which was only our fault for not planning to have enough time in Florence:)
This site was very easily to use, find locations, and see reviews. I would use this service again.
Robyn on Jul 2013:

Fabio was a great host- he made breakfast for his guests and we ate outside in his beautiful garden. The room we stayed in was beautiful and spacious. The bathroom was very nice, great location, and wifi included! I would definitely stay there again.
I honestly can't think of anything... Best place we stayed our whole trip.
Cross pollinate was also great to work with. Very quick to respond to any emails or concerns that I had. I would recommend cross pollinate to anyone and would definitely use them again for my next trip. Thanks!
anonymous on Jun 2013:

Casa di Annunsca was wonderful! Fabio was incredibly warm and helpful! The room was great and it's location is very convenient. I would definitely choose to stay here again!
Cross-pollinate is so easy to use and had several choices in my price range. I will definitely use their site in the future!
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4.9 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: Bed & Breakfast (owner lives on premises), 4 guestrooms, with private bathroom (ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard
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 in garden only, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, city tourist tax €3.00 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Casa di Annusca B&B
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale