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
Ricchi's B & B
Ricchi's B&B is something in between a nice hotel and the house of a truly Roman grandma; you get all the amenities of a hotel (air-conditioning, mini-fridge, TV, double-glazed windows to keep it quiet), but you're also staying in a real home, and a very lived-in one at that. Rosanna Ricchi's place is packed with photos telling the story of her life, her grandchildren's toys are all over the place, and her living room is filled with typical "grandma" knick-knacks, food, gifts, embroideries, etc. On the other hand, the separate area for guests is orderly, clean, and bright. The two guestrooms have private bathrooms (one is ensuite, and one is non-ensuite, and no, unfortunately we can't guarantee anybody a certain room!).

Rosanna, the legendary (if you read reviews of her place) hostess, is in great shape physically and mentally, but she is, after all, in her seventies, so her trusted cleaner Ivona comes in daily to help keep the place sparkling. You can tell that Rosanna has taken care of a large, happy family in her lifetime, and it has become second nature. She now thrives on putting all that care into making her guests' stay special, if she feels it's appreciated -- she also knows how to be discreet and give guests their space!

Rosanna doesn't just set out some pastries and coffee for breakfast; she sets a perfect breakfast table with her best silverware and fine porcelain, a fruit bowl, and a beautiful table cloth (she says some of her younger guests even feel a bit embarrassed about the fuss made over them!) She doesn't just make coffee, but waits until she hears her guests stir before turning on the coffee maker so as to have it hot and ready when they're ready for breakfast.

There are stories of guests who have left her in the morning immersed in a "mountain of tomatoes" in her tiny kitchen, to come back in the evening after a long day of sightseeing to find her in the same spot and position, still canning tomatoes. In perfect grandma fashion, she is, of course, always good for a surprise: this innocent tomato-canning and (award-winning!) pie-baking "nonna" is a modern artist who in her free time plays around with funky images and decoupage techniques to make surprising pieces of modern-art furniture and pictures.

The B&B is a short, ten-minute walk to St. Peter's. It's very well-connected to bus and train lines that lead to all other parts of the city. The rooms look out on busy Via Gregorio VII, but are an oasis of peace inside.

*Please note that for triple or quad rooms, guests will get two connecting rooms that share 1 bathroom.
  • TV
  • air-conditioning
  • breakfast included
  • mini-fridge
  • with elevator
  • 1st floor
  • linen and towels provided
  • double glazed windows
  • WiFi
  • mini-safe
Rebecca Gruber on Jun 2018:
I loved the location. 10 minutes from Vatican. Mrs. Ricchi was so sweet . We just loved staying with her and her wonderful hospitality.
Roswitha on Jul 2017:

Loveable old lady, nice rooms, all to the best. Liebenswerte alte Dame, schöne Zimmer, alles bestens.
Everything fine. Alles in Ordnung.
Jeanne Zozobrado on Jun 2017:

Stay here! We truly enjoyed staying at Ricchi's B&B. Mrs. Ricchi is an attentive hostess. She was extremely helpful in telling us which bus to ride as well as giving us some sightseeing suggestions. Truly it was like staying with my grandma! The rooms are large and clean. We are a family of four and had two rooms and shared a bathroom. The apartment is not in the tourist section so you will need to walk or take a bus. It's only about a 20 minute walk to the Vatican. We liked the area as it was not too crowded.
We have Used Cross-Pollinate several times now. It is so easy and everyone is so helpful. If given the opportunity I will always use this service over any other.
willard on Jan 2017:

Dear Rossana! It was like staying with your grandmother's best friend. Not intrusive, but always helpful. Her English was adequate. Our Portuguese helped a lot. I think she reads and writes better than she speaks, so email was a good avenue for communication. The continental breakfast was with fresh rolls everyday. We recommended her to our grown children. The apartment is about 5 blocks from the Basilica and Vatican complex.
No complaints.
Everything was just as promised. The taxi arranged for the Rome leg was waiting and ready. having the last minute email helped to make the experience very smooth.
Kenneth Christian on Oct 2016:
Ms. Ricchi is a delightful hostess, extremely engaging and helpful. The room was spotless and spacious. The water was hot. Although on a fairly busy street, the room was quiet. I enjoy walking, so I did not utilize the bus stop one half block away. St. Peter's square is a 20 minute walk, campo di fiori 30, colosseum about an hour. I would definitely stay there again. This is my second experience with Cross Pollinate. I am pleased with the price and quality of their offerings, and with the ease of use.
Lilla Petrocitto on Oct 2016:

By sharing her home you take the mystery out of "what is it like to live here", for a short period of time, we Did what the Romans did, you felt like u were living there instead of just Passing through.
First time
Don Hutchings on Sep 2016:
Treated really well. Grandma was great and we felt like family.
Scott & April Selman on May 2016:

The room was very clean and tidy with plenty of of space. The toilette down the hall was close and very clean as well.
Grandma Ricci's English is good enough to get through the rental process but don't expect a ton of help with touristy questions. This really isn't a knock however, since here English was a ton better than my Italian.
Cross-Pollinate has been great to work with and we will definitely use them in the future. Responses are prompt and accurate.
Judy on Oct 2015:

Rosanna was a wonderful host, we spent time learning that we both enjoy the same things. Her English was great! I asked about laundry and she was a great help.
We reuse our towels, these were not getting dry before next use. Not sure what could be done. A lot of light from the steet lights into our room at night, not sure how to fix that.
Everything was as easy to follow when finding a place to stay, great notation on the host.
Bob Lane, Philadelphia, PA, USA on Sep 2015:

What we liked best about our stay was the warmth, charm, hospitality and graciousness of the owner/hostess, Rosanna. She was absolutely delightful. The room was very nice, clean and comfortable as was the bathroom--nothing fancy and exactly as expected--a spare bedroom in a middle-class home. It is located on a busy and noisy street, but closing the double-glazed windows took care of the noise. Home-made bread for breakfast. We could not have been more satisfied.
Nothing comes to mind.
Outstanding service and recommendations. If we travel abroad again, we will definitely use their service.
Jeanne on Sep 2015:

Very gracious hostess, excellent room with air conditioning, close access to the Vatican museums. Easy to get around, once you figure out the buses. We felt so welcome, and it was nice to stay out of the fray of bustling Rome. Although the apartment is on a busy street (good bus transport), the room is completely quiet when you close the windows at night and turn on the A/C.
Directions to get there were overly complex. Best way is to catch the local train from Rome Termini to San Pietro stazione (about 20 minutes), costs 1 Euro. Then walk slightly uphill on the same side of the street about 1/2 mile. The apt. building is on your left.
Really liked this site - lots of choices with good information. I wish the co. didn't keep so much of the $$, though. Cross-Pollinate takes $15 per day, and our hostess only received $60/day from us.
Diana on Jun 2015:

Clean room, great location, comfortable. Home away from home.
Nothing, it was perfect.
Had such a wonderful experience. Steps away from the bus line. Easy access to everything I wanted to experience in Rome, but away from all the crowded tourist areas. Ms. Rosanna was delightful and helpful. I stayed 15 days and it was hard to leave :)
Colleen Carey on Jun 2015:

hospitality of the owner, and location
Breakfasts. Would suggest adding yogurt, or some protein item
shirley on May 2015:

Rossana made us feel so welcome - it was such a pleasure to stay in her lovely apartment and we were served great coffee at breakfast ! It was also a convenient location and we found a lovely local restaurant.
I would definitely recommend Cross-Pollinate and use it in the future.
LL on May 2015:

The hostess was quite nice and spoke adequate English. The facility was clean and had windows that cut out all the traffic noise when closed.
We were not informed that an additional guest was arriving one evening and we left our door open when we went to breakfast as we had been doing to improve ventilation. My husband's cash and passport were taken. We were able to report it to the police and get another passport with our vacation time usurped and extra expense.
Admin on 29. May 2015:
Having looked into this, it was never clear whether the guest's passport and cash were stolen when they were out and about or back at the B&B. The apartment is completely safe and it's unthinkable that someone broke in from outside without leaving any trace, or that the owner, Rosanna, was responsible in any way. We've worked with them for about 15 years (at the time of writing this) and had never had anyone make a claim like this before. Just to make sure that an accusation like this doesn't ever happen again, the owner has put mini safes in the rooms.
Ben C on May 2015:

Rossana was super sweet and it was wonderful to stay in her home. The location was nice we were able to eat at some wonderful restaurants outside of the main tourist locations even though this was only a short walk from Vatican City. We will gladly suggest this location to friends traveling to Italy in the future.
Though we had a private bathroom we did find it in use early one morning. We assume by the guests in the room next door so a key for that would be nice.
Anthony Lees-Smith on Apr 2015:

Great location, great value, wonderful host and very comfortable beds! As a family it suited us perfectly.
Honestly can't think of anything.
Really helpful and a great easy way to find places to stay that are more intimate and authentic than your average hotel.
Erin on Jun 2013:
Grandma Ricchi was so warm and welcoming. We got delayed due to train issues and she was very understanding. Her home is central to so many things and we were awoken each morning with the best Italian breakfast and coffee. Even though it was all one house, our room felt secluded and private. I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking for a central, affordable, authentic trip to Rome. (Additional perk: A great gelato place just down the street)
Lynda \"Torre\" Newman on Oct 2014:
Location was good, room and services were good, Rosanna is absolutely wonderful.
charles weese on Jun 2014:

Grandma Ricchi was so nice and fun! Despite some languge barriers we were able to communicate quite well...and she helped us with reservations, etc...She was delightful and her home was quiet and comfy. We traveled as a family of 4 (with 2 teen girls) and it was nice to have the B&B to ourselves. Since there were 4 of us we took taxis everywhere which was quicker and cheaper than other options. The neighborhood had nice shops and restaurants and felt like a real neighborhood.
We found out about cross-pollinate while trying to book at the beehive. Very glad we did...the B&Bs we used in Rome and Venice were just right for us. The only thing I would suggest about the website is to allow users to book more than one room at a time.
Kathleen Morse on May 2014:

Very comfy beds; sweet hostess; reasonably priced
Location is difficult. Close to train station, but no direct walking routes into the city, and few direct buses. Breakfast consists of good coffee, and jam and white bread, which, although usually freshly home made, had no flavor.
Our first time using it. All was fine.
J P on May 2014:

Super charming and helpful owner.
My only caution is that the room is located in the owner's apartment - some might prefer a more conventional hotel for a sense of more complete privacy. For most, this won't be a problem and the set-up will only add to the charm.
No complaints!
Natalia Kominek on May 2014:

Great host, great breakfast and very nice rooms.
my first time but was a great experience
Larry Matwie on Sep 2013:
Proximity to Basilica, neighbourhood market, good transportation connections. Rosanna was a dear.
Nicolas Guillou on Oct 2013:

The location, the room and, especially, Rossana's energy and help.
The breakfast could be a little more varied.
Caitlin on Oct 2013:

We felt immediately at home. Rosana is like having the Italian grandmother I always wanted. The place is very comfortable and clean, she even came in to air out our room so it wasn't too hot when we got home. Breakfast was simple, but the bread was always warm and there were a variety of snacks. Rosana's coffee is the best I have ever had (I live in Seattle and feel like I know good coffee). My mom and I were so in love with it that she showed us how to make it and which kind of coffee she buys. The location is southwest of the Vatican which is a bus or two to most of the big sites, but we enjoyed feeling like we could get away from the tourist crowds and see the Rome the way Romans see it. Also, if you stay here, the deli/food market across the street is a great option for a dinner in or a picnic lunch.
Absolutely nothing, and I always try to think of something...
Cross-pollinate was amazing for this trip, two hotels (Florence and Rome). I will definitely recommend it to any of my friends or family traveling through Europe.
Cheryl on Sep 2013:

Your detailed description of this place was spot on! My daughter and I loved staying here. We felt very safe and comfortable and really enjoyed Rosanna.
Better bus instructions. After we transferred to the second bus we could not see the street signs at night and we did not know when to get off. We got off too soon, but luckily didn't have to walk too far.
I really liked booking thru Cross-Pollinate and will definitely use you again.
Anna on Sep 2013:

I liked everything. Mrs. Ricchi is friendly and the room comfortable. S.Pietro and Città del Vaticano reachable in 10 minutes walking.
Really positive.
Erin on Jun 2013:

It was close to the Vatican. Felt very safe. Ricchi was super nice and very helpful in showing us different places and what buses to get on. Very comfortable.
Maybe something homemade or from a bakery for breakfast. The last two days we were there she did have fresh bread.
Very helpful. Quick responses when I would contact them through email.
Emily on Jun 2013:

Signora Ricchi was so very warm and welcoming. She recommended a delicious Tavola Calda down the street for lunch, and served a perfect Italian breakfast of coffee, warmed milk, fresh bread, jams and butter. She made us feel right at home in her lovely Roman apartment.
The only minor improvement would simply be to keep shampoo and shower gel in the bathroom for guests.
We booked at the last minute and Cross-Pollinate was very fast to confirm our reservation. Thank you!
William on Apr 2013:

The owner, Rosanna, is a charming lady. She was very helpful in giving us advice on getting around in the city. The location was near the train station and for the bus too. We enjoyed the local eatery each night we stayed there. Our room was very nice and very clean. We had a nice window with a view too : )
Since my husband doesn't drink coffee or tea he was left with bread and water for breakfast each morning. Perhaps cold cereal or something besides cookies and bread and butter would be a good addition. There was fruit laid out in the entry way and we helped ourselves on our way out each day.
I would definitely stay with Cross Pollinate Ricchi's B & B We had a terrific holiday
Martin on Apr 2013:

Signora Ricchie! She is so a nice woman, interested in all things, busy all the time and friendly like a friend.
Was ok. Very good informations to find the accomodations
Adrian on Sep 2012:

The location was only a 5 to 10 minute walk from the Vatican. Senora Ricchi is a delightful host with great hospitality.
Showers were only Luke warm to mostly cold, but that was our only complaint.
Cross-Pollinate offered connections to really cool lodging options for a better cultural experience.....not your typical motel/hotel scene.
Martin on May 2011:

Great memories. Liked the area as it was close to the Vatican. Mrs. Ricchi even taught me how to make her great coffee and I enjoy it every am in Michigan.
Have washcloths.
Very smooth.
Casey on May 2011:

Excellent Value. Wonderful Hostess. Large rooms. Very convenient to bus lines and the Vatican.
Great. When our flights were delayed and arrival in Rome was much later, Cross-Pollinate made sure our airport transportation was updated and right on time.
Kathleen on Nov 2012:
Absolutely lovely.
Megan on Jun 2011:
Very cozy and friendly. Felt like I was staying at my Grandmother's house, which is a good thing!
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Booking details
Booking details: Bed & Breakfast (owner lives on premises), 2 guestrooms, with private bathroom (not-ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 2 singles 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)
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 Ricchi's B & B