Unbelievably friendly and warm staff who gladly gave expert travel advice and recommendations that only a Roman would normally be privy to. - Loic Diels
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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
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Appartamento Farnese
This old-fashioned one-bedroom apartment is located in the historic center of Rome, at walking distance from the main tourist attractions, including the Vatican (15 min walk), the Pantheon and Piazza Navona (10 min walk), the Spanish steps (20 min walk) and the Roman Forum (20 min walk). Its accessibility to numerous buses connects the area with all other parts of the city. The immediate neighborhood is one of the largest shopping areas in the city center with many restaurants and cafes within a few blocks. The apartment is on the 2nd floor (with elevator) and normally accommodates 2-3 people. It comprises a large living room with an area for dining and a balcony attached, a bedroom with a double bed, a bathroom with shower and a kitchen.

The kitchen has a bar, where 1-2 people can have breakfast. There is also a single sofabed in the living room; an additional bed can be provided to accommodate a 4th person if required. The kitchen includes all the essentials, as well as microwave and coffee maker.
  • linen and towels provided
  • 2nd floor
  • with elevator
  • full kitchen
  • private balcony
  • stereo
  • washing machine
  • independent heating
  • fan
  • microwave
  • cable/satellite TV
Gill on Oct 2017:

Very well kept traditional Roman apartment. The style of the apartment and its location give you the experience of living like a local. Good communication with the contact, Lucilla. Great Location. All the major tourist sites are walking distance - the furthest would be about 30 minutes. Very close to Piazza Farnese, Campo di Fiori, the river and the bridges over to Trastevere.
There is very little natural light despite the large windows but I guess that's a feature of many apartments of this era and in this location, built so closely together.. Don't let that put you off though - the lighting in the apartment is great. The apartment has its own little balcony with table, chairs and plantings.
This is my third time using Cross-Pollinate and the instructions are always clear and straightforward. The communication is great and their response to any questions is prompt and helpful.
Michael on May 2017:
Lucillia was a wonderful host who went above and beyond to ensure that we had a wonderful first time in Rome. Her property is beautiful and the photos don't do it justice. It is also a great place to explore Rome from as it is central to the main tourist attractions (Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon). Would highly recommend!
Carlos on May 2017:
Lucilla and Emiliano are beyond words, from the time of arrival we were greeted with the most welcoming and loving manner possible. Emiliano patiently sat down with me and my girlfriend and helped us understand the city, gave us amazing recommendations for restaurants, monuments, desirable city locations, parks and even ordered us a taxi when we left. The property was perfect, from a clean, quite, cozy and spacious living room and bedroom. The kitchen was stocked with breakfast foods, fruits, coffee and tea! The location of the property was perfect, being a short and desirable walking distance to all the sightseeing monuments!, amazing restaurants and just around everything you would want on a trip to Rome. Lucilla and Emiliano are such amazing host, i couldn't recommend a better place to stay well in Rome!
Conchita on May 2015:
Extremely quiet place. Very nice. Perfect for a rest during day.
Richard Lagarde on Dec 2013:

The apartment looks nice and is well situated. - Richard (Mr Lagarde’s son)
Globally, the apartment is in poor condition : the wiring is to blame (the electric meter never stops tripping); the windows need to be replaced (it was raining inside the bedroom’s window) and there\'s no mechanical ventilation in the bathroom. The sofa needs to be changed (2 people just can’t sleep normally in it and the mattress is just awful). The bedroom’s matress needs to be replaced too. There was not enough blankets whereas it was quite chilly. but the comfort and equipments are pretty bad:
We could not rent the appartment we initially chose, that\'s why Cross pollinate proposed us the \"appartamento farnese\". We we\'re afraid that 2 people can\'t sleep on the living room\'s sofa but Cross pollinate told us it should be OK. In fact, we were right : the sofa was horribly tiny and uncomfortable.
on Oct 2013:

The location was excellent, just a few streets away from the Campo dei Fiori and close to the river. Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, and the many restaurants near them, are within easy walking distance. Multiple bus lines travel the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, a 5-minute walk away, providing easy access to many parts of the city. The apartment was cozy, comfortable, and quiet. While there were problems with the Internet service during our stay, it was a temporary issue that the owner did his utmost to rectify (and did so successfully). Indeed, the owner was very responsive, easy to work with, and has an excellent command of the English language, a real plus for non-Italian speakers.
Providing dishwashing soap in the kitchen and hand soap in the bathroom would be helpful, and some basic instructions on how to operate the TV remote in sync with the satellite unit would help as well.
They were helpful, and it was a very easy and quick process to make a reservation. A great experience.
Mr. on May 2013:

Loved this place. Great location near bus stop and grocery store. Kitchen was small but we were able to cook since it had most everything you needed.
Very helpful in locating this apt when the one we wanted was unavailable.
Nathan on Sep 2012:
Your staff at the Beehive assisted me in my last minute search for guest housing in Rome. They were super helpful and so nice to deal with. I live in Rome and often have visitors. I would use your site again and again after this experience.
Emily on Dec 2012:

The location was wonderful. It was convenient to many areas of Rome and had such lovely piazzas right around the corner. The apartment was quiet and peaceful.
The apartment has limited hot water (about 7-10 minutes depending on how warm you like your shower) and the water boiler took about 45 minutes to completely reheat. We weren't expecting this, but we developed a habit of staggering showers throughout the night and morning.
Cross-Pollinate was awesome! You made it incredibly easy to make the reservation and to get to/from the apartment. We felt well taken care of throughout the week.
Russell on Jun 2011:

This was our favorite apartment of our entire stay. Though it had no view to speak of, it had a washer, a tiny (but quite usable kitchen), and an absolutely perfect location. We were close to a grocery store and to the things we needed to get to. We would stay in this apartment again in heartbeat if we ever return to Rome and the price remains affordable.
When we arrived we were exhausted (we'd flown in from New York and your car service was a God-send), and when we called the number of the apartment we thought we were told to wait outside the apartment building, so we did. I speak Italian, but barely passably. We waited almost an hour until another couple came out who spoke English and told us to go in and call again, which is what we did, and then we got in immediately. So, it was fine, we just didn't understand the directions, plus we were pretty tired, so that likely played a part as well.
This was the first place we stayed, and we were nervous about staying in Rome because of the price and worry about location, but the Cross-Pollinate staff was very patient and helpful, and we ended up being really pleased with the experience.
average score
4.6 / 5.0
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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: 7 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen & 1 single sofabed or 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted on balcony only, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price), non-smoking
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 Appartamento Farnese
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