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
Casa Candia
This apartment is located in the residential area of Prati. Somewhat upscale, the area is well known for shopping and is close to St. Peter's, the Vatican Museums and is well connected to the rest of the city by the red line metro (which runs to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and then Termini station).

Besides walking to St. Peter's and the Vatican museums, you can also reach Piazza del Popolo, which is the entry point into the historic center by the North, or Piazza Navona, in about 30 minutes - and this scenic walk would take you by Castel St. Angelo and across the Tiber river.

It's very large, with an open kitchen and living room area. There are two bathrooms, one with a shower stall and one with a tub and shower head that are both accessed through the hallway. Two bedrooms have a fixed double bed and the third bedroom has a single that opens up into a double (or can be 2 single beds).

The sofa in the living room also opens and can sleep an extra 2 people.

  • 2nd floor
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o. (€ 10.00)
  • double glazed windows
  • dishwasher
  • eat-in kitchen
  • linen and towels provided
  • independent heating
  • flatscreen TV
  • microwave
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
  • with elevator
  • air-conditioning
  • hair dryer
  • iron
Mary Austin on Sep 2018:

Good communication from the management, including specific directions. They picked us up at the airport, which was wonderful with jet lag! The manager met us at the apartment when we arrived. The charges were exactly as expected. It is a good size, there air conditioning in the bedrooms, a washing machine, an on demand hot water heater that allowed for washing clothes and taking showers, a dishwasher. The bus stop was about four doors away. The metro stop was close. A grocery store across the street, the Trionfale market two minutes away. The manager was available when we had a question and was there promptly to check us out. His recommendations about the area to eat and not to eat was accurate. We didn't love the restaurants closest to us, but there was so much fresh food available at the market that cooking dinners in was a pleasure.
A couple more knives (sharp ones) in the kitchen to make it easier to cook. Written directions for the washing machine. Perhaps another comfortable chair, floor lamp and table in the living room. Very minor things. We were there for two weeks so this might be more important for stays longer than three or four days. Really, it was a great apartment and helpful staff.
As always, Cross-Pollinate was super. I always depend upon Steve to answer questions and help me narrow down apartment choices. We are older travelers so have a few extra requirements. We have not been disappointed. Thank you!
Michael Lyle on Sep 2016:

Everything was just as advertised. We very much enjoyed our stay.
We had some difficulty getting in touch with staff when we first arrived, and no one was there to meet us. But after about an hour, we were able to make contact and all was resolved quickly and efficiently.
It was an easy and helpful service.
Alicia on Oct 2015:

Very quick response from CP for my very late booking. We arrived earlier than expected and the Owner was there with the cleaner. She very kindly let us in with all our luggage and worked around us. The apartment was very clean and comfortable. And in a great location for the Vatican and the Metro to get to the other sites. Prati is a great neighborhood - used to the tourists, but still with plenty of local residents that keep the restaurants and stores a little more authentic than the Historical Center.
I would have liked a little more information from the Owner about the surrounding area - restaurants they recommend, nearest Taxi rank - that sort of thing. I've stayed in Rome before so found my way around OK but for a complete newbie, a little more help would be nice.
Super easy site to navigate, loaded quickly on my device. I received a response quickly and did not have any issues at all.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms), sleeps max. 8 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 30 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 2 queens or 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: apartment will be clean by 1 pm on day of check-in, check-out time is 10:30 am, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, smoking permitted, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price), cleaning fee of €65 is not included in the price
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 Casa Candia
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