The Professor's Travel Blog

Who Has The Best Gelato in Florence, Italy?

Two Picks from our Italian Experts

who has the best gelato in florenceThe Traveling Professor just got back from a small group tour to Italy, including Florence.  Almost every day, gelato was consumed in mass quantities and boy, was it good. Almost all travelers agreed that the best gelato in Italy was to be found in Florence.  But where? Read The Professor's blog post to found out who has the best gelato in Florence.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (165)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Italy

3 Places to Eat in Florence

2 Restaurants Plus 1 Gelato Spot

Tuscan style food is some of the most popular food in the world.  There is la bistecca all Fiorentina, a healthy portioned t-bone steak. There is chingiale, the wild boar dish exclusive to the region.  Let's not forget the most traditional of dishes, the ribollita peasant soup made from beans and the unique black cabbage.  Anything with truffles is good.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post to get 3 of his favorite dining spots in Florence.

Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (212)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Italy

Top 5 Tips for Planning a Trip to Rome

Make it Easy on Yourself

top tips for planning a rome visitEveryone should visit Rome in their lifetime. However, travelers must realize Rome is big, gritty, and one of the most crowded cities for travelers in all of Europe. The Professor has LOTS of experience traveling to Rome, so listen to his practical and useful tips for planning a trip to the Eternal City.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (186)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.3
Categories: Italy

4 Spots to Eat in Rome

Good and Reliable Rome Restaurants

small group tours to romeIt's not difficult to find a good restaurant in Rome. Of all the cities we visit on our small group tours, we find Rome to have the least varied, but the most consistent quality of food.  Let's face it, a Roman restaurant would not survive unless it served good pastas and a nice selection of meats and fishes.  In today's blog post, I have picked out 4 restaurants in Rome that travelers always enjoy on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Rome.

Monday, August 28, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (218)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

Are Europeans Rude to American Travelers?

Are Tourists No Longer Welcome in Europe?

are europeans rudeI am a semi-regular guest on the Scott Thompson radio program in Hamilton, Ontario.   In between interviews on the eclipse and Jerry Lewis, Scott spoke with me on-air about stories he heard about tourists no longer being welcome in Europe such as this one.  He also had some anecdotal stories of being treated rudely in Italy.  We had about 10 minutes to talk on air and afterwards, my website lit up like a Christmas tree.  See my comments on tourists being treated rudely or not being welcome in Europe.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (265)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

4 Spots to Eat in Florence Italy

Great Tuscan Food in Italy

best places to eat in florence italyThe food of Tuscany is flavorful, colorful, and satisfying.  I love the fresh vegetables and hearty cuts of steak.  There is chicken, mushrooms, peppers, truffles, omelets, risotto and pasta.  The cheeses are outstanding are outstanding and let's not even talk about dessert. Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post on the best places to eat in Florence, Italy.

Monday, July 24, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (234)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

How to Get to Your Hotel in Venice

Your Best Options Here

small group tours to italyOne of the nice things about Venice is that it is away from it all, with winding unmarked streets, pedestrian traffic only.  One of the bad things about Venice is that it is away from it all, with winding sometimes unmarked streets, pedestrian traffic only.  There is no taxi or car service within Venice. The Traveling Professor has a lot of experience with his small group tours to Italy and today, he gives his advice on getting to your hotel from the Venice train station or Marco Polo airport.

Friday, July 07, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (190)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Italy

Beyond Rome, Florence and Venice

There is More to Italy to See

Bassano del GrappaEveryone should visit Rome, Florence and Venice.  However, there is more to Italy than just these 3 cities.  Travelers need to take the time to visit the REAL Italy, away from the trinket shops and massive crowds.  The Traveling Professor's small group tours has visited some wonderful places in Italy that are considered "off-the-beaten" path.  In this Italy blog post, you will find out about some of the places you need to visit beyond Rome, Florence and Venice.

Friday, June 02, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (377)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Italy

Travel Product of the Month

Eat, Drink and be Merry on Your Next Tour

small group tours to italyI have been taking my small group tours to Italy and Paris for years.   Although I know my French and Italian pretty well, ordering from a menu can be a challenge.  For example, when dining at Aux Lyonnais in Paris, exactly what am I getting when I order "Caillette de Chabeuil" or "Gigot d'agneau de lait roti"?  In Rome, what happens next when I order "Braciolette d’abacchio ai ferri con patate" or "Straccetti di calamari alla piastra".   Use this travel product of the month to avoid using the hazardous "point and pray" method when ordering off a French or Italian menu.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (448)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Cheap Airfares to Italy

4 Tips to Save Money Without Sacrificing Comfort

cheap airfares to italyThe Traveling Professor runs several small group tours to Italy each year.  We travel to major cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Sorrento.  We also take small group tours to Italy to smaller cities like Padua, Verona, Lucca, Siena, and Vicenza.  Italy is not always the easiest place to fly to and fares can be high.  In this blog post, The Professor shows you how to save a significant amount of money on your next tour to Italy with cheap airfares.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (844)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.6
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Should You Get a Travel Credit Card?

best travel credit cardYou've been asked by Jennifer Garner with the "what's in your wallet?" advertisements for travel credit cards.  No doubt that you have been pitched all types of credit cards on airlines, on posters, on radio and on TV for credit cards that promise free travel. In today's blog I will tell you if you even need a travel credit card and what are the best features to look for in a travel credit card. 

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3 Great Tips for Booking Hotels

best hotel booking tipsOver the years, through my small group tours and through my personal trips, I have gained much experience in dealing with hotels. I've found strategies I can use to save money and get perks.  The Traveling Professor is happy to share his hotel booking experiences so that you can get the best hotel experience possible while saving money.  Read today's blog post for some great tips on booking hotels.

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The "I See Dead People (and Pets)" Tour of Paris

montmartre cemeteryParis has something for everyone. There is food, culture, history, nightlife, architecture, and more.  And for something else, check out the last resting places of people and their pets. In today's blog post I have listed several places of interest that you might not go to on your first trip to Paris, but are definitely interesting and enjoyable.

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What to See and Do in Norway

We have been on several small group tours to Norway - it is one of The Traveling Professor's favorite destinations.  It cannot be beat for natural beauty.  It is also rich in culture and history.  We love the food there too. In our travels on our small group tours, we've found some great hotels and developed exciting itineraries. Check out today's blog post to learn more about traveling to Norway.

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