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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 (73)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
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 (80)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: ParisItaly
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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 (189)/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 (149)/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 (187)/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 (281)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy

4 Places to Eat in Rome

Eating and Drinking in Rome Has Never Been So Much Fun!

small group tours to italyOn our small group tours to Italy, a stop in Rome is a must not only for the history and culture, but of course also for the food.  Some people think that Roman food is pretty standard, without much change from restaurant to restaurant.  But let me tell you, Roman food is much more than that.  Today, I outline 4 of The Traveling Professor's "go to" places to dine when in Rome.

Friday, January 19, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (229)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

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 (247)/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 (324)/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 (301)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.2
Categories: Italy
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5 Good Packing Tips for Air Travel

5 packing tipsFor his small group tours and personal trips, The Traveling Professor probably flies about 75,000 to 100,000 miles per year on multiple trips.  That's a lot of experience with packing. There are lots of ways to make the packing experience more streamlined and easier. Read about The Traveling Professor's top 5 packing tips and enjoy your next trip to Europe or South American with less hassle.

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4 Good Airline Tips No One Ever Told You Before

4 best airline tipsAir travel is a big hassle. Airline customer service is horrible at best, airlines treat their customers like cattle with long waits, no personal service, and charge ridiculous fees.  However, some travelers are treated like VIPs with large seats, preferred boarding, lounge access, reduced or eliminated baggage fees. Find out how to fly like a VIP without spending a lot of money.  Read all about it in today's The Traveling Professor blog post

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Top 5 Tips for Exchanging Money

Top Tips for Exchanging MoneyIn Europe, the only place I have ever seen U.S. dollars is the LHR airport.  I have never seen U.S. dollars accepted anywhere else in Europe. Since the introduction of the euro about 20 years ago, things have gotten simpler since a single currency is accepted in most European Union countries, there are still many countries (Iceland, Norway, Croatia, Denmark come to mind) who do not accept euros. In this blog post The Traveling Professor gives some simple and never published before ways to exchange currency to use in Europe.

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3 Good 2-Star Hotels in Paris

hotel chopin, best 2 star hotels in parisAnyone who travels to Paris knows that lodging can be very expensive. I have been traveling to Paris well over 20 years and probably have made nearly 100 trips to the City of Light.  Over the years I have uncovered some 2-star hotels that are well worth staying in.  These hotels listed below have charm and style, but best of all, the price is right.  They are well-located and offer a stay in Paris that will not soon be forgotten.  Try one of them on your next tour to Paris.

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How to Save on Airport Parking

save money on airport parkingThe Traveling Professor is surprised about how costs can vary on airport parking. For example, at New York's JFK airport parking can be about $25 if parking on-site, about $18 a day if parking off-site.  Westchester airport charges an amazing $30 a day. At Dallas DFW airport it is $31 per day.  So, if traveling on a 2-week trip, it would not be impossible to spend a whopping $350 just to park a car.  Considering airfares to Europe are only a few hundred dollars more, that's a lot of money.  Nice friends or relatives may offer to drive you to the airport, but if you are like me, I hate to impose upon them  An obvious alternative is to use a close by off-site facility which usually saves 30%-50% and sometimes that is a good choice.  In today's blog post, The Professor will give a few more good tips on how to save on airport parking.

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