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
B & B Il Bargello
Il Bargello is a new bed and breakfast situated in the very heart of downtown Florence. The B&B is literally a stone's throw away from all the famous monuments (Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and Piazza Della Signoria), bringing this beautiful city right up to your doorstep. B&B Il Bargello, housed in a 15th century historical building, was painstakingly refurbished by owners Gabriella and Massimo. They restored the original wood beam and brick ceilings, while also adding new amenities such as satellite TV and Internet hook-up. They recently finished work on their private rooftop terrace which is now available for guests to relax and enjoy the view overlooking the city. Gabriella, a Canadian who is fluent in English, French, and Italian, is full of good suggestions for where to go, what to see, and the best places to eat to help you make the most of your stay in Florence.
  • no elevator
  • breakfast included
  • independent heating
  • hair dryer
  • linen and towels provided
  • safety box (upon request)
  • telephone in room
  • stereo in common room
  • iron (upon request)
  • rooftop terrace
  • satellite TV in common room
  • panoramic views
  • air-conditioning
  • communal terrace
  • free crib available upon request
  • WiFi
  • computer with free Internet in common area
  • 3rd floor
Claire B on Oct 2018:

I stayed at Il Bargello as a solo female traveler. Gabriella greeted me with my later-in-the-afternoon arrival. She was so helpful and friendly! The mornings I was there, she had an amazing breakfast set at the table and would make me a delicious cappuccino. Gabriella also gave awesome restaurant recommendations and helped me call to reserve. The location is exactly where you would want to be - very central to anything you would want to go to. The wonderful roof top doesn't hurt either. I will gladly stay again solo or with others next time I am in Florence! Felt like home :)
Easy to use and easy to reschedule reservations
Chris on Jul 2015:

This B&B was about as good as it gets. It's location is great for walking to all major tourist spots and restaurants. The inside of the B&B was very nice and clean. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful. We even had a nice conversation over breakfast with another couple from Denmark who were also staying there. The roof top patio had a cool view, and I'm sure it would be great for relaxing in the evening when it's not the middle of July. Our only regret is spending so little time in Florence, but this B&B will be our first choice when we visit again.
We used Cross-Pollinate for finding places to stay in Florence and Rome. Being a first time visitor to Italy (and Europe in general), I was feeling quite overwhelmed with the trip planning until a relative suggested Cross-Pollinate. I loved the map that shows both the available apartments and the major tourist attractions. We were easily able to make sure we picked an apartment nearby the places we wanted to see. Also, the places listed on Cross-Pollinate tend to be located in areas that make you feel like you're living in a local community, instead of a hotel filled with other tourists. We will definitely use Cross-Pollinate in the future.
Lisa Chambers on Mar 2015:

Location, location, location. And the room was adorable and clean. Breakfast was plentiful and tasty.
It's a third floor walk-up, so, prepare to climb. But it worth it and helps you work off the pasta!
Awesome, as always. I always use them to book when I'm going to a city on their site.
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Booking details
Booking details: Bed & Breakfast (owner lives on premises), 6 guestrooms, with private bathroom (ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club card
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 2 singles or 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, city tourist tax €3 per person per night (not included in price), luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, check-out time is 11 am, room will be ready by 12 pm for check-in
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 B & B Il Bargello
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale