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 Casa al Portico
This apartment wins my highest praise in every possible category:

Location - it's right in the center of the old Jewish Ghetto, sandwiched between the River, Piazza Venezia and Largo Torre Argentina. From here, you can walk to Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona, Trastevere, or wander through the narrow, cobblestoned streets of the historic ghetto. The building itself was once a convent, built in the 1400's - with a large marble staircase in the courtyard and has been restored well.

Style / comfort - as it used to be lived in by the owner and his wife, before moving to larger flat, it was designed to be lived in. The space is filed with light, has a beautiful bathroom with jacuzzi tub, is clean and uncluttered, and very quiet as it faces the inner courtyard and has double paned windows.

For a family it's ideal - the second, fold-out bed is well made and better than a pull out sofa bed (it's a futon bed that unfolds rather than opens up). You're covered with A/C for those hot summer days, right smack in the historic center and in a cool flat, all for an extremely fair price.

  • 2nd floor
  • no elevator
  • linen and towels provided
  • WiFi
  • TV
  • full kitchen
  • washing machine
  • air-conditioning
  • dishwasher
  • ipod dock
  • whirlpool bath
  • hair dryer
  • iron
on Jun 2017:

more than I expected: very spacious, nicely furnished, and great location! in pedestrian-only plaza so very quiet at night but cafes and mini-markets all around. easy to walk to main attractions and just a 1/2 block to the river/Tiber Island. host/owner was extremely nice/helpful throughout the stay-- we stayed at this apt twice, first when we arrived in Rome and at the end of the trip before leaving for home
water pressure in shower
easy to select type/price of property you want, and Steve was always helpful/responsive. I will continue to recommend the website/service to others
Andrea Wylie on Dec 2015:

The location was absolutely great for our travels around Rome. We walked easily to many different places and the river was less than 5 minutes away. The apartment was elegant and spacious enough for 4 people and wonderfully warm. The Jewish Ghetto is a fascinating place to be in the middle of - ancient Rome on your doorstep, market, restaurants and community.
More lighting over the dining area -very minor point:)
Cross-Pollinate were very easy to deal with and their curating of apartments made it so much easier to choose an apartment in the cities we visited.
on Feb 2014:

We really enjoyed our stay here - the apartment was very quiet, clean, comfortable, spacious, well-equipped and perfectly located for sightseeing.
Having used Cross-Pollinate a number of times, we've found that the firm offers a convenient, personalized and ethical service, and, as satisfied customers, we've recommended the company to many of our friends.
Maureen on Apr 2013:

My husband and our two teenaged children spent a week in this lovely apartment. It's a great space and provided plenty of room for us. The beds were comfortable, the bathroom is very nice with plenty of hot water for 4 of us, and we were able (after a little trial and error) to use both the washing machine and dishwasher. The apartment was very quiet - the only sounds we heard with the windows open were church bells, birds and very occasionally, a car alarm - no street noise. The apartment is in a GREAT location - we walked just about everywhere we wanted to go in Rome from here. Also, right outside the street door, great restaurants abound. We found a large grocery store quite nearby (head right on V.d.Portico d'Ottavia to the end of the street, cross the trolley tracks and just past the little square there, look for a sign on the left side of the street pointing the direction to go for the Super Mercato) and the Campo d'Fiori with all it's great produce is about a 10 minute walk and so were able to purchase items for breakfasts in the apartment. We cooked a couple of dinners there as well. The kitchen is sparsely outfitted but has everything you'll need to prepare a straight forward meal. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here!
It would be great if some basic instructions for how to use the appliances were provided. Also, some larger drinking glasses would be great.
I would highly recommend Cross-Pollinate to anyone traveling to Italy (or the other countries they serve). I had looked around at apartments online a fair amount before I stumbled across Cross-Pollinate and from then on, I didn't look at anything else. This apartment was just as advertised and it was great to know that if we had had any problems, there was someone we could call to help solve them. My only regret is that we didn't book an apartment through Cross-Pollinate for our stay in Florence! We were in a nice enough B&B which was centrally located but very loud at night and I spent the whole time wishing we were in a quiet apartment more on the outskirts of downtown - one of the ones I had looked at on Cross Pollinate's site but didn't choose in the end! My mistake. Thank you so much for providing this service.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (studio with loft / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard, Maestro card
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 7 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 1 queen and 1 queen foldout
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, check-out time is 10 am, apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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 La Casa al Portico