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
Vivaldi Mini-Apartment
Vivaldi Mini-Apartment is a cute one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Venice, strategically situated within 20 minutes of virtually anything you'll want to see and surrounded by all kinds of shops.

It's composed of a living room/entrance area with double sofabed, a bedroom, a well-stocked kitchen (with access to a small terrace) and a bathroom, elegantly furnished and in a nice overall setting.

It's managed by a Venetian couple who know how to make their guests feel welcome (they even provide a little hotel-like welcome basket with shampoo, soaps, etc so you know you're on vacation).
  • linen and towels provided
  • full kitchen
  • microwave
  • air-conditioning
  • independent heating
  • TV
  • private terrace
  • 2nd floor
  • no elevator
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
Terry horn on Oct 2013:

Location was excellent. There was lots of room. It was clean.
There should be written instructions in English and other tourist languages on how to turn on the water heater. The owner explained it in italian so we did not even know it was the water heater, much less that it needed to be turned on for a hot shower.
I would use it again.
anonymous on Jun 2013:

They did not leave us with enough tp.
On the basis of the 3 apartments that we stayed in Italy, I recommend Cross-Pollinate.
anonymous on Jun 2013:

Great location, lovely tidy apartment, excellent value
Shower head bit loose
Excellent, would use every time
Michael on Sep 2012:

Location, location, location. Fully equipped. Proximity to an osteria and Co-op store, as well as key tourist sites.
Keep the windows closed to keep the bugs out. We sprayed numerous mosquitoes for several days until most were gone, but still experienced numerous bites. Photos are deceptive, by the way. The place is not that brightly lit. Internet access would be nice.
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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: 30 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: must call owner upon arrival for check-in, non-smoking, check-out time is 11 am, luggage can be left after check-out, luggage can be held before check-in, apartment will be clean by 3 pm on day of check-in, city tourist tax €1.50 per person per night (not included in price), linens and towels changed once a week, fee for check-in after midnight is €30, cleaning fee of €30 is not included in the price
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