Italy: A Lot of History and A Lot to Do!

Susie M. - RCI Subscribing Member Vacation ExperiencesWho hasn’t dreamed of visiting Italy, even if it's just for a short while? Picture it: lounging in the espresso shops, reading by one of the fountains, dining al fresco with friends, taking a break for gelato…

Some RCI subscribing members have already enjoyed a vacation rental or timeshare exchange vacation in Italy and everything the country has to offer. Since my position at RCI allows me to hear from members about their European vacations, I thought I’d share a few stories* with you:

Larry, Olympia, WA: Last May, when we arrived at Il Poggio, our first week’s stay, it was 9:50 p.m. The resort office closed at 10 p.m., and we were worried we wouldn’t make it. We had a stressful drive from the Rome airport, and were hungry and tired. Il Poggio is located in a small town in Tuscany, and by that time of night, the few stores and eateries were closed. The owner graciously sent a tray of salami, cheese, and bread to our room, and it was even enough for breakfast the next morning. We thoroughly enjoyed our week there, followed by a lovely week on Sardinia, and another week in northern Tuscany.

George, El Cajon, CA: Our trip to Italy was fantastic. We went from Assisi to Sicily. All four weeks were with our RCI weeks. Assisi and Tropea were our favorite. This was a chance for my wife to explore her roots in Sicily and we had a great time with long lost family. Thanks RCI.

Richard, Monroe Township, NJ: Just got back from a wonderful week in Montegrotto Terme. We were a 10-minute train ride from Padua and a 60-minute train ride from Venice. The property was wonderful and located near the train station. The hotel staff was great and the room was immaculate. The town’s shops were very good for browsing and shopping. The food on the half-board was very good and we would return to this property again.

Now it's your turn! Do you have any experiences from your trip to Italy you’d like to share? If so, comment below.

* Although we've corrected some spelling and technical errors, these vacation stories from RCI members are otherwise unchanged. They are not meant to inform you about resorts, destinations or about RCI® products and services. Some stories mention unusual exceptions made or circumstances that may not be typical for most vacationers. RCI always recommends that you do your own research when making travel plans.

Comments for Italy: A Lot of History and A Lot to Do!

Name: Anita
Time: Sunday, May 8, 2011

If we reserve at I Gioielli del Doge in Venice, Italy, how do we know which apartment we will get? One of the reviews was really bad and one was really good! How do we make sure we don't get stuck with a really bad apartment in a really bad area?

Name: RCI
Time: Monday, May 23, 2011

Hi Anita, thanks for your comment! Although we understand your concerns, the affiliated resort reserves the right for final room assignment. It will be the size & occupancy as confirmed by RCI, though. Hope this helps!

Name: arlene detmering
Time: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wanted to know if anyone has been to LeBarchesseiVilla Corner . It is an RCI time share exchange but we do not know much about it and how far away from Venice it is.

Name: RCI
Time: Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hi arlene, according to the online resort directory, this affiliated resort is 36km from Venice. To learn more about it, check it out on

Name: karen
Time: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

going to take a week tour of Italy in the fall and then a few days on our own. A little afraid of some of the hotels through RCI. Any advice on a good one. Tuscany, Florence etc?

Name: RCI
Time: Friday, February 10, 2012

Hi karen, we recommend you read the reviews from RCI subscribing members on to see what others have to say about particular RCI affiliated properties in Italy. Hope this helps! If you need assistance in booking your vacation, you can reach out to us at

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