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2 Favorite Restaurants in Florence

Try These Two Spots When in Florence

small group tours to italyFlorence seems to have it all.  Great art, fantastic architecture, gelato, and of course, great restaurants.  There are few cities in Italy that have better restaurants to select from.  On our small group tours to Italy, it's always a hard choice as where to eat.  Check out my two picks for great restaurants to eat in while in Florence.

Monday, July 16, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (81)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

2 Inexpensive Hotels in Florence

Reliable, Clean, and Well-Located

inexpensive hotels in florenceSometimes it's not necessary to stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Florence to find something that is well-located, clean, comfortable and quiet.  There are good deals to be found at reasonable rates. In today's blog post we have two picks for inexpensive hotels in Florence, Italy.  If you have traveled with The Professor one one of his small group tours, you may recommend one of the selections.  Check out all of The Professor's picks for inexpensive hotels in Florence in this blog post. 

Saturday, July 07, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (143)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

How to Beat the Crowds in Italy

Enjoy and Avoid the Big Tourist Crush

how to beat the crowds in ItalyItaly is a beautiful and diversified country.  Great food, history, culture, architecture and more. The big problem with Italy is that the crowds have become overwhelming. It's not uncommon to wait for hours to get into the Vatican Museum in Rome or the Accademia to see David in Florence. The streets of Venice are packed with tourists, many from cruise ships.  Who wants to go on vacation and be in the press of humanity or wait in line for hours?  Listen to The Traveling Professor on how to beat the crowds in Italy.

Friday, June 29, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (89)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

4 Off the Radar Cities to Visit in Northern Italy

Get to Know the Real Italy

small group tours to italyEveryone wants to see Rome, Florence and Venice.  And why not?  They should be seen.  However, the larger cities of Italy are expensive and full of tourists, trinket shops, ordinary restaurants, and standard chain hotels.  Why not relax and visit the REAL Italy on your next trip? Enjoy the tastes and culture of smaller authentic cities. Avoid the crowds and long lines, eat real Italian food, see amazing sites, and stay at outstanding hotels all less expensively than can be done in the large cities.

Thursday, June 07, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (242)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.2
Categories: Italy

3 Upscale Hotels in Florence

Stay in Style in Florence

best luxury hotels in florenceEvery now and then it is a good idea to splurge on hotel accommodations.  We frequently present good value 3 or 4 star hotels on our small group tours to Italy.  Today we take a little bit different direction with telling about some luxurious hotels in Florence.  These are all full service Florence hotels, some of them offering spa services, superior dining, and spacious rooms.

Saturday, April 28, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (129)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Scams We Have Seen in France and Italy

Be Careful and Watch Out for Personal Property

scams in paris and italyThe Traveling Professor has been going to Paris and Italy for at least 20 years now.  In that time, he has seen a lot. Although France and Italy are very safe to travel to, and rarely will there be any violent crime, travelers still need to be aware of annoying petty crimes. In this blog post, The Professor goes over some of the most common scams and how to avoid them.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (133)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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Joe Henley's Favorite Florence Restaurants

Three Picks for Your Next Trip to Firenze

nerbone florenceI've been following Joe Henley's social media and blog posts through his "Traveling on My Own Agenda" website.  I find his outlook to be refreshing and honest.  I've asked him to be write a guest blog post on his favorite restaurants in Florence, Italy and I think you will like them. Thanks for your contribution, Joe.  And I am sure readers of The Traveling Professor's blog will enjoy your contribution of your favorite restaurants in Florence.  The Traveling Professor will certainly be trying Joe's spots on our next small group tour to Italy.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (232)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Two Small Hotels in Florence

Feel Like Family at these Small Hotels

best hotels in florence italyEveryone loves to travel to Florence, Italy.  And why not?  There's David at the Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery, and lots of other wonderful places to see.  It's a great walking city with everything within 15 minutes of each other.  There are great transportation connections to wineries and other small cities in Tuscany like Lucca, Siena, and San Gimignano.  And the food!  Probably the best in all of Italy.  It's no wonder why The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy and Florence always fill up as soon as they are offered.  Read about my two favorite hotels in Florence in today's Italy blog post. 

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (180)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy

Top Ten Tips for Visiting the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Basilica

Have a Great Visit with The Professor's Top Tips

small group tours to italyOn our Traveling Professor small group tours to Italy, one of the most popular destinations is a visit to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.  Go without making plans and risk long lines, big crowds and possibly not getting in at all.  With a little planning and insider information from The Traveling Professor, you can make the most of a trip to one of the top destinations in Europe. 

Monday, February 19, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (226)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

3 Places to Eat in Florence

Tuscan Food is Out of This World

From all of my trips to Florence, and there have been many, I won't tell you what I do get tired from, but what I never tire from this the great food.  Vegetables, pastas, meats and even seafood. I'm not big on desserts, but believe me, Florence has that too.  From our Florence friend, Melanie Wilson, we have 3 restaurant choices for your next trip to this wonderful Tuscan city.  There is plenty here for those who like seafood, vegetarian dishes, and authentic Tuscan food. We'll tell you about the great pizza places in another post. 

Saturday, February 03, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (319)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy
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Results of our 2018 Travel Survey

2018 Travel SurveyEarlier this month, The Traveling Professor sent out a questionnaire to all mailing list members and all social media (Facebook and Twitter) followers.   Hundreds and hundreds of email subscribers completed the questionnaire. The answers were revealing.  We learned who our subscribers are.  We learned where they wanted to take our small group tours to.  We learned what they liked (and didn't like) about The Traveling Professor's small group tours.    Check out the results in the travel blog post.  You will be surprised!

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4 Things to Do in Iceland

small group tours to icelandSo far, The Traveling Professor has done 3 small group tours to Iceland. But what are the best things to do in Iceland? Iceland can be enjoyed just about any season and there are admittedly more activities to do outdoors than indoors.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post on the 4 best things to do in Iceland, and I have also added in some bonus seasonal activities to do while in Iceland.

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How to Save Money When Booking Hotels

how to save money on hotelsLodging is probably the most expensive component of any trip and one of the most important factors in making a trip successful. Over the years, through his small group tours or booking hotels personally, The Traveling Professor has lots of experience in booking hotels. Look at The Professor's blog post today and save yourself a few bucks on your next hotel booking and maybe even get a better hotel (and perks) than you ever thought you could.

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How to Beat the Crowds in Italy

how to beat the crowds in ItalyItaly is a beautiful and diversified country.  Great food, history, culture, architecture and more. The big problem with Italy is that the crowds have become overwhelming. It's not uncommon to wait for hours to get into the Vatican Museum in Rome or the Accademia to see David in Florence. The streets of Venice are packed with tourists, many from cruise ships.  Who wants to go on vacation and be in the press of humanity or wait in line for hours?  Listen to The Traveling Professor on how to beat the crowds in Italy.

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4 Good Tips for Buying Train Tickets in Europe

How to Buy High Speed Train Tickets in EuropeHigh-speed train travel in Europe is wonderful.  Travelers can expect new and modern trains.  Speeds of 150-180 MPH are not uncommon, whisking travelers from city center to city center without the hassle of security procedures like those found at airports.  Seating is comfortable. The views can be terrific.  Costs can be significantly less than flying by air. Check out The Traveling Professor's tips on buying train tickets in Europe. 

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2 Inexpensive Hotels in Florence

inexpensive hotels in florenceSometimes it's not necessary to stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Florence to find something that is well-located, clean, comfortable and quiet.  There are good deals to be found at reasonable rates. In today's blog post we have two picks for inexpensive hotels in Florence, Italy.  If you have traveled with The Professor one one of his small group tours, you may recommend one of the selections.  Check out all of The Professor's picks for inexpensive hotels in Florence in this blog post. 

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3 Favorite Cities in Norway

small group tours to NorwayAfter my initial visit to Norway, it quickly became one of my favorite travel destinations.  Oh yes, everyone thinks it is outrageously expensive, but it is a lot less expensive than Iceland and only a little bit more expensive than Italy or France. In any case, Norway is full of natural beauty, cultural richness, good food and wonderful people.  We now regularly offer a small group tour to Norway.  Read my blog post and find out my favorite cities in Norway.

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2 Favorite Restaurants in Florence

small group tours to italyFlorence seems to have it all.  Great art, fantastic architecture, gelato, and of course, great restaurants.  There are few cities in Italy that have better restaurants to select from.  On our small group tours to Italy, it's always a hard choice as where to eat.  Check out my two picks for great restaurants to eat in while in Florence.

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