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
Appartamento Minerva 2
This is totally a sweet spot to be in. Banchi Vecchi is a small, medieval street in the historic center about a 5 minute walk to Piazza Navona and even less to Campo dei Fiori. From here you can have a fully pedestrian experience of Rome.

The apartment, about 50 square meters in size, is all new with new furnishings (as of early 2013). There's one bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with shower, and the open plan living room has a fold-out sofa and a full kitchen. There's another apartment in the same building here on the site, Appartamento Banchi Vecchi, so larger groups could take two apartments and be the same building.
  • 3rd floor
  • with elevator
  • linen and towels provided
  • full kitchen
  • microwave
  • air-conditioning
  • independent heating
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o. (€ 5.00)
  • WiFi
Bruce Usher on Jul 2013:

The apartment was in a fantastic position and was a very good size. We were a little disappointed at the cleanliness of the apartment and the fact that it had no kettle or electric jug for boiling water. There were no cups or mugs supplied.
The owner sent someone to let us in the apartment. His only interest was getting the remainder of the money. He was the cleaner and we felt he didn\'t really do a great job. It would have been good to be given some thoughts about the area.
Cross-Pollinate has been extremely efficient and has always been quick to respond to any queries or concerns. Having never visited Rome before it was just luck that we chose an apartment in such a great location.
Admin on 30. Sep 2013:
As of September 2013 this apartment has a new property manager so the comment about the owner no longer applies.
Steve Morris on Jun 2013:

The check-in was right on time and reliable, the air conditioner worked well which was critical because there was an unusual heat wave, location is great!
We booked the apartment for three persons and were given only two, very thin, inadequate towels. Not providing toilet paper is a silly cost saving approach. A friend had an apartment in the same building from a different owner for the same money and it was better equipped.
Trustworthy and positive service.
Admin on 17. Jan 2014:
As of September 2013 this apartment has a new property manager who manages the towels, toilet paper, sheets and cleaning much better.
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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: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: quad
Bed options: 1 queen bed & 1 double sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: linens and towels changed once a week, non-smoking, apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, luggage can be held at owner's office before and after check-out, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price), check-out time is 10:30 am, fee for check-in after 11 pm is €20, cleaning fee of €35 is not included in the price
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 Appartamento Minerva 2
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