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 Yellow Vaticano
Casa Yellow Vaticano is a beautiful apartment practically across the street from the entrance to the Vatican Museums -- just cross the street, go up a flight of steps, and you'll be in front of the big Vatican wall, which leads to the Museums entrance. The owner, Francesco, used to live in the apartment so he still considers it his "home" and takes special care of it, always making sure that it's impeccably clean and everything is in perfect working order. It's newly renovated and furnished, with a modern style and cheerful colors -- both the yellow accents in the decorations and the bright sunniness of the apartment make it "Casa Yellow"! It's on the top (4th) floor of a small, typically Roman residential building (with elevator), with views on two sides and four big windows looking out onto the pretty courtyard. There is one bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a bathroom attached (it has a tub with shower attachment); the living room has a fold-out sofabed. Please note there is only one bathroom in the apartment so it's best suited for a family or group of close friends, as the guests sleeping on the sofabed in the living room will need to go through the bedroom to get to it. There is also a very well-stocked kitchenette (with fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave), a storage closet, and walk-in wardrobe. It's equipped with central heating, air-conditioning, a big TV, and WiFi access (2 euros extra per day). Guests have access to the building's rooftop terrace (just across the hall from the apartment), perfect for having a coffee in the sunshine to start your day (also handy for smokers as the apartment is non-smoking!) The area is full of restaurants, coffee shops, and other stores, and there is a local fruit and vegetable market nearby. The nearest metro is about a 10-minute walk and there are many bus stops around as well, so it's easy to get pretty much anywhere in the city.
  • with elevator
  • washing machine
  • dishwasher
  • independent heating
  • linen and towels provided
  • microwave
  • air-conditioning
  • 4th floor
  • small kitchenette
  • DVD/CD player
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • toaster
  • stereo
  • free crib available upon request
  • WiFi
Madelyn & Peter on Sep 2014:

We liked everything about our experience with both Cross-Pollinate and our host Francesco. Steve and Amy at CP were extremely helpful from the beginning. When I listed criteria for an apartment, they went through the list and made recommendations--this helped because I did not have to go through every listing. Several times I asked for information regarding our stay in Rome (unrelated to the apt), and I received prompt and helpful advice. They were great! As was our host, Francesco. We didn't know how to get the ac to work right after we arrived, and Francesco came back at 9:30 at night to help. The apartment is terrific. It is light, airy, lots of windows, nicely decorated, clean, and had everything we needed to make our stay extremely comfortable and convenient. And, it is in a quiet neighborhood which we liked.
Can't think of a thing.
Fabulous--responsive, warm and helpful.
Tracie on Oct 2013:

great location, good size apartment, lovely owner, meet and great was very helpful, good recommendations as to where to visit, good restaurants etc.
the apartment did seem to smell a little of smoke
wonderful, made it very easy to fond and book somewhere great
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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: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: check-out time is 10 am, apartment will be clean by 1 pm on day of check-in, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, city tourist tax included in price, non-smoking, cleaning fee of €35 is not included in the price
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