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
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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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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
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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 Gigli Rossa twin room
Casa Gigli is a two-room guesthouse located on the first floor (with elevator) of a very elegant residential building just near Castel Sant'Angelo and across the bridge from Piazza del Popolo. The building has cultural importance as it was used as a film set for two important films by Totó, Alberto Sordi and Aldo Fabrizi (beloved Italian actors of the 1960s). The guesthouse has just been completely renovated, from top to bottom, and opened in May 2012. The twin room has a private ensuite bathroom with modern fixtures located. The rooms are equipped with double-glazed windows so it stays very quiet inside, air-conditioning, WiFi, and independent heating. There is a small kitchenette (mini-fridge, sink, stovetop, basic cookware and dishes/utensils) that guests are welcome to use to cook meals. Breakfast is NOT provided. The location is great for those who wish to be able to walk around historic center without necessarily having to take a bus or the metro. Crossing the river, you're at Piazza del Popolo (in about 10 minutes) and from there you can walk to Villa Borghese, Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fontain, etc. Whereas on the same side of river as the guesthouse is Castel Sant'Angelo (also about 10 minutes walking); from Castel Sant'Angelo you can cross the river as well into historic center and be almost right at Piazza Navona, or you can walk up via della Conciliazione and be at St. Peter's and close to the Vatican Museums. You also have plenty of bus stops in the area to get around (especially at nearby Piazza Cavour, 5 minutes walking, which is a main hub for several buses). The closest metro stop is Lepanto (line A), about 10 minutes by foot. For those coming from or going to Fiumicino airport, there is a shuttle bus (Sitbusshuttle) that drops off / picks up directly at Piazza Cavour and is quite a bit cheaper than taking the train to Termini station. The neighborhood, Prati, is residential (although being so close to so many tourist sights), so you'll find plenty of good restaurants, coffee bars, gelaterie, supermarkets, and pretty much everything else you could need.
  • 1st floor
  • with elevator
  • small kitchenette
  • air-conditioning
  • WiFi
  • linen and towels provided
  • independent heating
  • hair dryer
  • use of kitchen
Katherine Bush on Oct 2015:

The location was excellent a ten minute walk from the train station but away from the touristy part of town."
Someone that would be more helpful when we had questions or needed guidance.
Issy de Lira on Oct 2015:

The area and the security of the building.
On the day of arrival, I emailed Raffaela to advise my actual arrival time. She replied and asked me to call Dorina when I was leaving Termini. I did, by text. No reply. We arrived on time. Waited 10 minutes and then called her. Had to wait another 7-10 minutes for her arrival. She was friendly but the arrival/waiting time is not acceptable.
Admin on 12. Oct 2015:
We''re sorry for the delay. Dorina is new and perhaps didn't calculate her arrival time as well as she could.
average score
4.2 / 5.0
Accuracy of listing
Helpfulness of owner / staff / host
Booking details
Booking details: guesthouse (owner does not live on premises), 2 guestrooms, with private bathroom (not-ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, bank transfer, by Paypal 1 week before arrival (guest pays fees)
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, must call owner upon arrival for check-in, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Casa Gigli Rossa twin room
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