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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
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Top Tips for a Rome Vacation

5 Easy Tips to Make a Visit to Rome Easy

tips for visiting romeEveryone wants to visit Rome at least once.  The Colosseum, Forum, and Vatican are musts.  The Borghese Gallery is high on visitor's lists when touring Rome.  However, Rome can be difficult to manage due to crowds and logistical issues.  The Traveling Professor has a lot of experience in visiting Rome, especially with his small group tours to Rome.  Read the blog post and make a visit to Rome easy and fun.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (672)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

How to Beat the Crowds in Italy

Avoiding the Crowds Needs to be Part of an Italy Itinerary

Let's face it, traveling to places like Rome, Florence and Venice, one can expect big crowds.   On our small group tours to Italy we have seen lines hours long into places like the Colosseum and the Basilica in Venice.   The tourist push to see sites like David in the Accademia in Florence or the Uffizi Gallery can be unbelievable.  Even on The Traveling Professor's Tours to Italy much of our itinerary planning is done with crowd avoidance in mind.  In today's blog post I will give advice on how to beat the crowds in places like Rome, Florence, and Venice.   Hopefully, with these tips in mind a tour to Italy will be more enjoyable for you.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2282)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Is Europe Too Crowded To Visit?

Tips for Avoiding the Masses of People Visiting Italy, Paris and Spain

big crowds in europeWe recently returned from a small group tour of Italy.  In Rome, there were masses of people at the Colosseum and the Vatican.  The lines to see "David" at the Accademia snaked over a hundred yards around the block.  The Uffizi, with it's rich Italian art, had a wait of hours and hours to get in.   In Venice, the lines looked liked those in DisneyWorld, only on steroids.   On my small group tours to Italy, we just don't wait in lines.  Look at my tips for getting into those popular attractions like a VIP, with no waiting in line.

Monday, June 09, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2178)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Museum Pass Options in Rome and Florence

VIP, No Wait in Line Admssion

roma passWhen traveling to Rome or Florence on one of The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy, or whether traveling to Italy on your own, the last thing you want to do while on vacation is wait on line.   Rome and Florence both offer two museum pass options worth considering.   Both of them provide VIP admission to museums and in some cases allow you to enter without making an appointment.  Read the blog post to see how to save money and time on a tour to Italy.
Friday, February 07, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2526)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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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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