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 Carlo Goldoni
This place is special in so many ways: not only has it been the residence (and his favorite, it is said) of one of Italy's most famous dramatists (Carlo Goldoni) but the tradition of fine arts is still alive: this place is furnished and decorated thanks to the skills of three generations of crafty men of the same family: Nicola (who manages the apartment), his brother and his father. You'll discover all these little secrets upon check-in, but let me tell you there are beautiful wood carvings, paintings, mosaics... all handmade by them! I couldn't stop 'wowing' when walking through this place. Regrettably, the pictures don't fully reflect it but that means you'll have even more to discover upon arrival!

Location, location, location. True, all of Venice is pretty central, but here you are around the corner from Saint Mark's square, but nonetheless in a quiet area and the apartment itself is accessed through a courtyard with a door that can be locked.

The apartment itself consists of a ground-floor entrance area with double sofabed, eating area and kitchenette (all the appliances are modern, new, and great quality). On the second level is a bedroom and bathroom (with whirlpool tub).

Nicola and his brother own this flat and have lived here together for many years, and are now sharing the apple of their eye with people who will appreciate its beauty (and comfort! Remember the whirlpool tub?).
  • 1st floor
  • no elevator
  • air-conditioning
  • hair dryer
  • dishwasher
  • independent heating
  • toaster
  • oven
  • cable/satellite TV
  • flatscreen TV
  • WiFi
  • whirlpool bath
  • free crib available upon request
  • linen and towels provided
  • washing machine
James Held on Aug 2013:

The unique and intriguing decor; the location; the excellence of furnishings and equipment; the helpfulness of the owner. After we checked out, we boarded our cruise ship. With only 2 hours until it sailed, we discovered we had left a substantial amount of money in the unit's safe. We were able to contact Nicola, and I left the ship, met him at the unit, retrieved the money, and returned to the ship in time. Thanks, Nicola. Nicola also recommended Silvia Capriata as a guide to Venice. She developed an itinerary specially for us and our grandchildren and gave us a marvelous day of walking around Venice. On our own, we could not have done so efficiently (we had only one full day in Venice), and her knowledge and attention to the kids (ages 8 and 5) was wonderful. I heartily recommend her for visitors who want an experienced guide to Venice. Contact her a couple of weeks or more before you go to the magical city of Venice (silviacapriata@yahoo.it.)
Can't think of anything.
I like being presented with living spaces that have been filtered by your review staff for quality. The process of renting was smooth and went off without a hitch.
Allen on Jun 2013:

Uniqueness, great artistic features, great location, the AC really worked, small workable kitchen-w/ dishwasher, washing machine. The ower / agent did suggest a person to provide a city tour. This tour was the best experience we had in Venice, truly excellent. Her name was Silvia Capriata.
Floors needed to be mopped. There were no wine glasses and when the agent was asked where they were, he asked, "What is a wine glass?" That answer was unbelievable. Italy is one of the great wine countries in the world and he asked what a wine glass is, did not have them and did not provide them. I thought that could have been better. Yet he did meet us, greet us, and accompany us to the B&B; he did have his Mom deliver some supplies which were missing, he did introduce us to Silvia and he is a great Tango dancer. Additionally, Nicola's website and visual directions to the B&B were very helpful.
This is a wonderful, easy to use site, with lots of listings. They did a great job of communicating with me and the owner.
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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) or 1 queen & 1 double sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, check-out time is 10 am, apartment will be clean by 12pm (noon) on day of check-in, luggage cannot be held before check-in, luggage cannot be left after check-out, city tourist tax €1.50-2.50 per person per night, depending on season (not included in price)
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