The Jewels of Northern Italy for Ladies Only

The Jewels of Northern Italy

Venice, Padua, Verona, Bassano del Grappa

Vicenza and Treviso

with Optional Florence Add-On

Tour Dates: October 13-21, 2020 - 2 PLACES LEFT

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Go beyond Rome and Florence and experience the real Italy.   The Traveling Professor has designed a delightful itinerary as an introduction to a new and refreshing Italy full of history, architecture, food, art, culture, and natural beauty that most tourists never see.

For instance, the extraordinary Scrovegni Chapel, the historic university of Galileo, and the markets of Padua are sights not often visited on an Italy tour.  Romeo and Juliet are brought to life in Shakespeare’s romantic Verona.  The memory of Andrea Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza will remain for years.   Go within the ancient walls of Treviso, it’s beauty, food and culture will surprise you.  Bassano del Grappa, at the foothills of the Dolomites is an Italy you never thought existed. Experience all this and more with knowledgeable and professional tour guides, providing insight that cannot be found with tour books, phone apps, or audio guides.   If you are a seasoned traveler yearning for an authentic Italian experience, this tour is for you.  

Included with Your Trip:

  • 2 Nights in Venice and 6 Nights in Padua in the best hotels as ranked on  The 4- star Hotel Dinesen is a canal-side boutique hotel in the quiet Dorsudoro section of Venice.  Padua’s 4-star Majestic Hotel Toscanelli is in the heart of the historic districts of their respective cities, perfect for exploring surrounding areas.   Single, double/twin rooms have private showers and baths.   Breakfast is included.
  • Professional guide services.   Expert, licensed guides provide in-depth analysis of the history, architecture, culture and attractions of the region.  Their insider knowledge of the best authentic places to dine and special places to visit makes this tour extraordinary.  
  • Daily Itinerary.  Each day we plan approximately 4-6 hours of programmed touring.   Uncover the best Venice and Northern Italy has to offer – many of these sites tourists never see.   There are also opportunities to explore on your own.  Our tour leaders can help plan a custom itinerary.  
    VIP Paid Admission.  In Padua, Verona, and Vicenza, Venice, Bassano del Grappa and Treviso.  Enter outstanding attractions including the Scrovegni Chapel, the Duomo, Juliet’s home and balcony, Teatro Olimpico and many more.
  • All Local and Intercity Transportation.  Upon arrival, we take care of the details including all intra-city and inter-city transportation, all museum admissions on the itinerary, tours and activities. Transfers to/from airport are not included. 
  • Small Group Size limited to 12-14 women travelers, mostly in their 50’s to 70’s.  Groups are usually split about 50/50 between solo and accompanied travelers.  Our travelers are healthy, ambitious, and active.   Those with mobility issues are not recommended for this tour.
  • Personalized, Attentive Service.  Micaela Mainelli leads this tour.  She acts as the group’s personal concierges from start to finish.  She is fluent in Italian and English.  She is accessible to answer all questions, guide your stay, and to offer personal advice on everything from dining to touring to shopping.  Leave the details and worrying to her and enjoy the tour.
  • Priced at $2,999 Per Person.  Based upon double occupancy.  The single supplement is $599.  Stay additional nights in Padua at $225 per room.
  • Optional Florence Add-On:  Luxury train transportation from Padua to Florence.  3 nights 3-star deluxe Il Guelfo Bianco Hotel, steps from the Accademia and Duomo.  VIP, no-wait-in-line admission to all attractions, professional and licensed tour guides.  Priced at $799 per person, double occupancy.  Add $299 for your own room.
  • Need More Info?  Email The Professor at or see The Professor is here to help, answer questions, and address concerns.

For full details including hotels, itinerary, and pricing, click The Jewels of Northern Italy.

Italy: Small Group Tours for Adults in 2020

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The Traveling Professor Presents a Small Group Tour to Italy

Thursday, March 19, 2020 to Monday, March 23, 2020
Sorry, This Tour is No Longer Available

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This is the trip you have been waiting for.  Join a small group of active adults on a dazzling tour of Renaissance Florence at a bargain price. 

The Traveling Professor has custom-designed a culturally enriching, delightful and fun itinerary.  Not only are major sites like Michelangelo’s David, the Pitti Palace, the Medici Chapel and the Uffizi Gallery on the schedule, but there are opportunities to experience a side of Florence most tourists never get to see.   We know the best local dining spots and insider secrets that make this visit a truly unforgettable experience.

Included With Your Trip:

  • 4 Nights in Florence in a clean, comfortable, quiet hotel in a safe, central location, just steps from the center of Florence.  The il Guelfo Bianco Hotel is a 3-star deluxe hotel consistently ranked as a top choice on and has earned TA’s “Certificate of Excellence” honor.   Breakfast is included.
  • VIP Paid Admission.  Visit the major sites including the Ufizzi Gallery, Michelangelo’s David, the Medici Chapels, the Pitti Palace, Fiesole and other major attractions without waiting in line or need for an appointment!  
  • Small Group Size limited to 10-14 travelers.  We take you to places no other tour company goes.   We move quickly and efficiently to make the most of the trip.
  • Personalized, Attentive Service.  Lisa Mastropieri is your personal guide.  She is always accessible to answer any and all questions, guide your stay, and to offer personal advice on everything from dining to touring to shopping. Steve and Linda are on this tour, from start to finish.
  • Priced at $1,499 Per Person.  There is no additional charge for single travelers.

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  • Airfare is not included.  However, The Professor is happy to consult with you, at no charge, in order to get the best air itinerary for you.
  • The Professor is happy to communicate with you prior to the trip via e-mail or telephone to answer questions or address concerns.
  • You must be able to walk 2-5 miles daily, up and down stairs, and on different grades of pavement in order to accompany The Professor on this tour.  Please note there is a LOT of walking on the Florence, Rome and Venice tours.
  • To reserve, send a $400 deposit per person made out to “Traveling Professor LLC” and mail to TRAVELING PROFESSOR, 3965 COTTON GIN RD, FRISCO, TX 75034. 
  • Deposits are fully refundable within 21 days of payment.  However, no refunds of any payments may be made within 65 days of commencement of tour.
  • Travelers are strongly urged to purchase travel health insurance and trip cancellation insurance.  
  • For more information, see The Traveling Professor website at or email

​Optional Venice Pre-Tour Add-On

  • Luxury high-speed train from Venice to Florence.  Reserved seating. 
  • Private water taxi transfer to canal-side 4-star luxury canal-side hotel.
  • 2 nights at 4-star Dinesen Hotel with breakfast.  Tour starts March 17, 2020.
  • Professional, licensed, guided tour of St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace and more.
  • Price: $899 per person.  There is no additional charge for single travelers.
  • Tour starts Monday, March 16 and ends Wednesday, March 18.  Please book flights to depart after 11:00 a.m. 
  • Additional nights available at $269 per night per room.

​Optional Rome Post-Tour Add-On

  • 3 Nights at 4-star centrally located Massimo D'Azeglio Hotel with breakfast.  Tour starts Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • Professional, private, licensed guide walking tour of Rome with Colosseum and Roman Forum. VIP no-waiting-in-line admission.
  • Professional, private, licensed guided tour of Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. VIP no-waiting-in-line admission.
  • Also - Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and more.
  • All local transportation within Rome.
  • High speed luxury train transportation from Florence with reserved seating.  
  • Price: $1199 per person.  There is no additional charge for single travelers.
  • Additional nights available at $199 per room per night.
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Tour Dates & Prices

The Jewels of Northern Italy for Ladies Only

  • October 2020.  Now taking deposits!  See "How to Book" (below) for reserving your spot.
  • Price: $2999 per person. The single supplement is $599
  • Only 2 Places Remain.
  • Optional Florence Add-On.  Includes luxury high-speed train transportation from Padua to Florence.  3 nights hotel with breakfast. VIP admission to all attractions. Professional, licensed tour guides. $799 per person, double occupancy.  Add $299 and have your own room.

Bargain Italy 2020

  • Optional Venice Pre-Tour Add-On:  March 17 - 19. $899 per person.
  • Bargain Florence: March 19 - 23, 2020.  $1499 per person.
  • Optional Rome Post-TourAdd-On:  March 23 - 26.  $1199 per person.
  • Book all three tours and take $300 off the price.
  • There is NO single supplement for solo travelers.
  • This tour is led by Micaela and Catherine.  Both tour leaders speak fluent Italian, hold dual passports, and have lots of local experience in showing you Italy the way no one else can.  For each city, we are accompanied by local, licensed guides.
  • Sorry, this tour is no longer available.
How to Book
  • Send an email to saying you want to go on the trip.  Include contact info and the name and date of the trip(s) you want to go on.
  • Within 7 days follow up with a $500 per person deposit made to TRAVELING PROFESSOR LLC, and send to TRAVELING PROFESSOR, 3965 COTTON GIN RD, FRISCO, TX 75034.  
  • Credit cards and PayPal are accepted subject to fees.