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
La Cupola Vacation Home
This apartment is so much more than just a 'vacation home'; it's a place where someone has left a piece of their heart, soul... and a lot of work.
Gianluca, the owner, moved into this apartment about 8 years ago (before, it had been his grandfather's), and he tore down virtually everything and started rebuilding the inside from scratch. New, real (not fake) parquet. A total makeover for the bathroom. Custom-made furniture from various crafty friends. Lots and lots of attention to detail and style. You kind of feel like you just want to tiptoe around, that's how perfect it is. But luckily, you are perfectly free to throw yourself on the sofa and just enjoy the space around you.

There's an open space loft-style entrance/living room with a double sofabed and a kitchenette (small but very well stocked and top-notch appliances), a bedroom, and a full bathroom (with large tub).

Located in an ex 'blue collar' apartment building (very rare in this area) just a short walk from the Vatican (it'll take you less than 10 minutes to get to St Peter's basilica), it's well-connected with public transportation (buses, the San Pietro train station, the metro is also fairly close).

Gianluca is well-known in the neighborhood and leaves you a list of places (restaurants etc) to visit, where you'll be treated well and often offered a discount
Gianluca will also leave you a 'welcome pack' with instructions, and two vouchers: one for a welcome drink (aperitivo) and a second one for your first breakfast, in two different places he chose to recommend closeby..

Computer with free internet provided.
  • with elevator
  • WiFi
  • hair dryer
  • air-conditioning
  • computer with free Internet in common area
  • crib
  • stroller & highchair free upon request
  • washing machine
  • dishwasher
  • Italian coffee maker
  • American coffee machine
  • cable/satellite TV
  • flatscreen TV
  • 5th floor
  • linen and towels provided
Lynn on May 2017:

This was our second stay at this lovely apartment near the Vatican. It is located in a non-touristic neighborhood with family run bakeries, restaurants, and cafes. Gianluca is a marvelous, engaging host who provided us with maps, recommendations, extra amenities, along with a warm welcome. The apartment is "as advertised" - clean, modern, and with a lovely balcony to enjoy the Rome evenings. Gianluca arranged for our transport back to the airport. We plan to stay here again on our next trip to Rome.
Nothing. We would not have rented the apartment a second time if it needed improvement.
Cross-Pollinate was attentive to our questions and requests. This is our fourth time we have used C-P and intend to continue to do so again.
Leo M on Oct 2016:

The apartment was EXACTLY as pictured. It is located on the 5th floor served by an efficient elevator. It was exceptionally clean and well appointed. A full kitchen with ample cooking utensils, a large seating and eating area, comfortable bedroom, walk-in closet with safe, modern bathroom with shower, and plenty of hot water. The unit is on a private street, so road noise is minimal. There are two balconies, one with a table and chairs to enjoy Rome evenings. Location is perfect for visiting the Vatican and close to bus stop for bus #64, grocery store, bakery and wonderful restaurants. We were graciously greeted by the owner, Gianluca, who provided us with a instructional tour of the apartment and helpful hints for enjoying this safe, non-touristic neighborhood. Our stay in this apartment was one of the highlights of our visit to Rome and we plan to stay there again.
Not a thing. It was a perfect place to stay
This is our third rental with Cross-Pollinate. They are exceptionally helpful. Steve helped us decide on a location for our touring needs this trip and his suggestion was perfect. We keep coming back to Cross-Pollinate as they give us great service and have exceptional properties.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: quad
Bed options: 1 double & 1 double sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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 La Cupola Vacation Home
Foro Romano
Vatican City
Trevi Fountain
Circus Maximus
Piazza del Popolo
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Stazione Termini
Campo dei Fiori
Piazza di Spagna
Piazza Navona