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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 (71)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy

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 (186)/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

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

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

Favorite Places to Eat in Florence

3 Places for Fresh, Authentic Food

best places to eat in florenceFor me, the best food is Tuscan food.  There is no better place to find it than in Florence, Italy.  I love going on our small group tours to Italy and especially Florence to sample the wide variety of (mostly) healthy and fresh food.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor lets you in on some of his secrets for his favorite places to eat in Florence.

Thursday, February 02, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (568)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Italy

5 Dining Secrets of Florence

From Snacks to Cocktails to Bakeries to Chocolate

food in florenceMelanie Wilson is a colleague who lived in Florence for some time as a student.   She is like a food detective who goes out early in the morning or late at night to satisfy her culinary desires.   In today's blog post Melanie tells about her favorite places in Florence.   I suspect you won't find too many of these food spots in a guidebook, so when they ask you how you found the place, tell them Melanie sent you. 

Saturday, November 05, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (414)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy
Tags: Florence

Luxury Italy Itinerary

La Dolce Vita

luxury tour to italy for womenOn Saturday, we leave for a luxury small group tour of Italy with 10 travelers.   We have 3 couples and 4 women travelers with us going to Venice, Florence and the Amalfi Coast.  We were able to put together a luxury Italy tour at a bargain price for our clients.  Check out the blog post to find out more about the itinerary for our luxury small group tour to Italy.

Friday, October 07, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (669)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

Favorite Hotels in Italy

Sorrento, Florence, Rome, Treviso, and Venice

tours to italy 2017Whether it be a small group tour to Italy or traveling solo, The Traveling Professor has some hotels in Italy you should know about.  Listed today is a luxury hotel in Sorrento, a convenient hotel in Rome, a luxury yet affordable place right in the middle of everything in Florence, and a canal side beauty in Venice.  Lastly, I talk about my latest find in Treviso:  a beautiful, romantic and roomy B&B that is perfect for a trip to this underrated Italian city.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (564)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Italy Top Secret Restaurant List

Sorrento, Florence, and Venice Eating Spots

italy secret eating spotsOn our Traveling Professor small group tours to Italy, over the years we have tried many, many different eating spots. Some work out well, others don't. But over the years The Traveling Professor has built up a list of reliable eating spots. Some are touristy, some are authentic. However, whenever we go there, we are sure to enjoy a good meal. Check out these spots on your next trip to Sorrento, Florence, or Venice.
Sunday, October 25, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1750)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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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