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
Piccola Venere Apartment
Monti is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Rome. It's totally the postcard Rome you imagine with narrow, cobblestone streets and ivy covered buildings. But because it's detached from the rest of the historic center, it doesn't get the same kinds of crowds. It's a popular, hip area, with great food and little boutiques, but it's also down to Earth. There are small artisans and traditional restaurants as well. It's convenient - a short walk to the Colosseum, or to Termini, or into the historic center, and it's well connected by buses along via Nazionale and Via Cavour, as well as the blue line subway at Cavour.

The Piccola Venere apartment is in a particular spot of Monti, overlooking Augustus' Forum at the end of the street - as you can see from the pictures, is the Arco dei Pantani that was the only entrance into the Temple of Marte Ultore, which dates back to 45 BC. This was the site where the Senate would meet.The apartment itself is super quiet with double paned windows that face the inner courtyard. Yet it's bright and airy even when visiting it in the hottest summer on record over 135 years in Italy, I thought it was reasonably cool with just a few fans - thanks to being in an hold building with very thick walls.

You enter the flat into a living room with a raised dining table off of which is a very small, but functional kitchen. The living room has a double sofa bed. Up a few steps is a storage/closet area and to the right a nice bathroom with tub and shower. To the left is the bedroom and a very cozy, romantic terrace. The apartment building dates back to the 1500's with wood beam ceilings stone tiled floors. The place is clearly loved by its owner and it shows in the decor and how well it's been maintained.

Ideal for couples, I really can't sing the praises of this place enough!
  • CD player
  • American coffee machine
  • 3rd floor
  • dishwasher
  • fan
  • full kitchen
  • hair dryer
  • independent heating
  • iron
  • Italian coffee maker
  • linen and towels provided
  • no elevator
  • private terrace
  • tea kettle
  • toaster
  • washing machine/dryer
  • WiFi
Mickey Pulcini on Oct 2016:

My wife and I really enjoyed the comfort and hominess feel of this place. It became our sanctuary from our hustle and bustle of touring, walking, and exploring. This is a great place to come home to; quiet, peaceful, secure. The location is perfect. You're in a neighborhood of locals instead of tourists. The local eateries were better than any we found in the tourist areas. We stayed in seven different places during our trip through Italy and this was our favorite. Courtney was very kind and helpful, and offered to make herself available with any questions during our stay.
I can't think of anything. We had everything we needed here.
I feel that C-P made our decision making easy and comfortable. The transaction was easy and simple. I think you made a great choice to include this location and owner in your portfolio of places to stay. Everything was just as stated on your site.
Lucie McKenzie on May 2016:

The apartment was a peaceful retreat from the city, with a lovely little terrace where we had breakfast every day, and an evening drink in the sun, which was a surprise! The main living area is a lovely big airy space. There was a comfy bed, plenty of pillows, towels etc; everything worked (though we didnt try the whirlpool bath). Its very handy for the Colosseum, there are roman ruins at the end of the street! Plenty of good restaurants nearby, and some minimarkets for basic provisions.
Information about local shops and restaurants would be helpful. There was a slight smell of drains at times in the bathroom, but not a big problem.
Booking dealt with efficiently, and it was good to know they were there if we had any problems.
Lynne Avots on Apr 2016:

I loved the location. It was ideal for exploring Rome. Carla, the owner, was so kind and welcoming.
I honestly can't think of anything.
Cross-Pollinate was wonderful. They answered our questions in a most timely way and arranged for airport transportation which was very convenient. Everything was just as described - actually exceeded our expectations.
Kelly J. on Oct 2015:

This apartment was VERY charming and gave the feel of truly living in Rome. D├ęcor and furnishing were lovely. The location was amazing, very close to the Forum and the Coliseum as well as many restaurants and shops. Subway is nearby as well. Quiet and peaceful, close to what you need but a nice getaway when you want to just relax. Carla, our host, was very helpful before and during our stay - she made us feel right at home!
I think the most helpful would be some written instructions with information about the neighborhood, where to find a grocery store, what to do with the trash, the key at departure, etc. Our host was completely reachable at any time, but having the information on site would save some back and forth. The TV service would go in and out, but we didn't watch much anyway. The stairs up to the dining area/platform might benefit from a railing of some kind, as they're a little steep and the wood floor has a bit of give when you walk there.
I found the Cross-Pollinate service very easy to use and the staff extremely responsive whenever we had questions. The photos and description accurately represent the unit and we had no problems connecting with our host to make arrangements for arrival.
Theo Chilicas on Sep 2015:

Location! Right in the heart of everything. Hostess was delightful.
Wifi was a hotspot and not a hardline, so it was spotty to say the least. Lot's of mosquitos and no screens on windows, so we had to keep the windows closed at night...and place seemed a little musty. Seemed to be a lot of touristy food places (which were not very good...) would be helpful to have recommendations... yelp and trip advisor recommended horrible places...
Admin on 04. Oct 2015:
Wifi is now a land line. We have loads of recommendations in our guide to Rome (and many in that area) at http://www.the-beehive.com/recguide.pdf also available as an app if you search for The Beehive Hostel.
Melodie on Jul 2015:

Wow. This is such a cute apartment and we love the terrace and the neighborhood so much. It really feels like you're living in Rome, and not just a tourist. We were always happy to come back "home" and relax here, have coffee in the morning on the terrace. I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Rome.
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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 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 21 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen bed & 1 double sofabed or 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, check-out time is 12 pm (noon), smoking permitted on terrace only
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 Piccola Venere Apartment