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
Residenza Giulia B & B
All six rooms at Residenza Giulia are spacious and airy. Many rooms also have a private balcony or terrace with stunning views of the city. Breakfast, which is included in the price, is served in your room each morning. Just 5 minutes from the central station, Santa Maria Novella, in a quiet, safe neighborhood, Residenza Giulia makes all of Florence easily accessible by foot.
  • mini-fridge
  • breakfast included
  • air-conditioning
  • 5th floor
  • with elevator
  • private terrace
  • fan
  • hair dryer
  • cable/satellite TV
  • linen and towels provided
  • WiFi
  • free crib available upon request
MaryMagner on Oct 2013:

Balcony and view, lift was very helpful. David laid out breakfast early for us one day.
Beds were soft, a few hangers for pants would be nice, and a more obvious sign to indicate that the Residenza Guilia is on 5th floor.
Judy on Jul 2013:
Professional, nice room, prompt service and spoke English...would definitely go back again. in safe neighborhood with good restaurants and within walking distance of train station and museums.
anonymous on May 2013:

The view off the small porch and how nice the owner is.
Would be nice to have a different color than pink for the room.
Our luggage was lost for days and the owner was very helpful to make calls to the airport for us. Very nice people and always helpful.
anonymous on May 2013:

David guided us to the B&B and was well organized and willing to give us valuable information regarding the location, bus routes etc. He had a map for both couples and made quick easy notations on it for us to get around the city. They had information available in the guest area and a light breakfast was provided right there on the premises. The rooms were clean and sufficient.
The hair dryer. It was difficult to use if at all. Some additional shelving or hooks in the bathroom to accommodate toiletries for a couple. Soap or shower gel. We brought our own but it would seem to provide gel or soap would be a small thing for B&Bs & yet helpful to guests. The room was smaller than anticipated (per the photos) as was the balcony. Terrible smell on the ground floor when entering the building. Smells like a sewage problem!
This is our first experience using B&Bs & we are not sure we would go this route again. The rooms in each of the 3 B&Bs we used on this Italy tour we different sizes and quality. It would be good to know this ahead of time so that when making arrangements we would know exactly what would be in the room. Some rooms are large enough to accommodate a desk & some aren't. While all say free WiFi, it doesn't mean it will work in each room - some work & some don't. We explored a little while in each city and found that we could have stayed in a hotel w/similar quality and had more amenities provided. While the experience of being out of the 'activity' and more within the culture, we found the locations were often not in the best area and somewhat isolated - no real culture so to speak. The guests of the B&Bs rarely saw each other, lugging bags up several flights of stairs and so on was not always the best experience. Overall, it was good, but probably not something we would do again - but then? The service Cross-Pollinate provided was great and we are appreciative of this. Thank you.
average score
4.2 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: Bed & Breakfast (owner does not live on premises), 6 guestrooms, with private bathroom (ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, travelers checks upon arrival in local currency, Visa, Mastercard
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 2 singles or 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, check-out time is 11 am, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, city tourist tax €3 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Residenza Giulia B & B
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale