5 Tips for Planning an Amalfi Coast Trip

Hotels, Activities, Excursion on the Amalfi Coast

small group tours to Amalfi CoastThe Amalfi Coast is a wonderful destination and The Traveling Professor has run several small group tours to Amalfi.  When planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast including Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Capri, and Ravello, there are a few considerations to consider.  Probably lodging is the #1 concern along with how to get from place to place, what to see and do, and of course where to eat.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor gives some of his best tips in planning an Amalfi Coast tour.

Sunday, September 2, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (178)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Italy

Two Pizza Spots in Florence

Great Italian Pizza

pizza in florence italyI know, I know, Florence is full of art and culture.  Most people go there to see the nude dude, David or the Uffizi Gallery or hang out in one of the great piazzas sipping coffee or eating gelato.  For me, it's all about the pizza. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor will tell you about two of his favorite pizza spots in Florence.

Thursday, August 23, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (144)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

2 Favorite Restaurants in Florence

Try These Two Spots When 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.

Monday, July 16, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (158)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

2 Inexpensive Hotels in Florence

Reliable, Clean, and Well-Located

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. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (279)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy

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 (149)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 2.5
Categories: Italy

4 Off the Radar Cities to Visit in Northern Italy

Get to Know the Real Italy

small group tours to italyEveryone wants to see Rome, Florence and Venice.  And why not?  They should be seen.  However, the larger cities of Italy are expensive and full of tourists, trinket shops, ordinary restaurants, and standard chain hotels.  Why not relax and visit the REAL Italy on your next trip? Enjoy the tastes and culture of smaller authentic cities. Avoid the crowds and long lines, eat real Italian food, see amazing sites, and stay at outstanding hotels all less expensively than can be done in the large cities.

Thursday, June 7, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (309)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.1
Categories: Italy

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 (160)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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 (190)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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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 (321)/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 (221)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy
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Croatia: What to Do and See

small group tours to croatiaOne of the hottest travel destinations now is Croatia. The Traveling Professor has been visiting on his small group tours to Croatia and we have a trip scheduled for this year and 2 for 2019.  Located on the Adriatic Sea, I expected the food to be more Italian than Mediterranean, and I was wrong.  The coastline is staggeringly beautiful, the cities are ancient and exciting.  We found the people to be incredibly warm and welcoming. And lastly, the price is right.  Read more to find out about the exciting travel destination of Croatia.

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Five 2-Star Hotels in Paris

best 2 star hotels in ParisHotels in Paris can be expensive and a good bargain is hard to find.  The Traveling Professor, on his small group tours to Paris, has used several good 2-star hotels. The Professor's requirements for a good 2-star hotel is that they must be clean, comfortable, and quiet.  Location also plays a big factor into selecting a Paris hotel.  In this blog post, The Professor has selected five good 2-star hotels for your next trip to Paris.

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4 Places to Go in the Winter

Small Group Tours to IcelandAs I write this, it is over 90 degrees Farenheit in the Northeast United States.  Boy, do I wish I could go somewhere where it is cool now. I'm thinking of some of my favorite destinations to visit in the winter time.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post and get some advice on some good places to go when the weather isn't hot.

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2 Tips for Flying to Europe Inexpensively and Comfortably

How to Fly to Europe Inexpensively The worst part about travel to Europe is the horrible experience that it is to fly coach class on a trans-Atlantic flight. In this blog post, I will give a great tip on how to fly to Europe in comfort without spending the big bucks to fly business class.  And if just looking for a way to get there inexpensively on one of those legacy carriers, The Traveling Professor will give you some good tips on that too. Check out today's blog post on how to get to Europe inexpensively and in comfort. 

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5 Tips for Planning an Amalfi Coast Trip

small group tours to Amalfi CoastThe Amalfi Coast is a wonderful destination and The Traveling Professor has run several small group tours to Amalfi.  When planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast including Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Capri, and Ravello, there are a few considerations to consider.  Probably lodging is the #1 concern along with how to get from place to place, what to see and do, and of course where to eat.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor gives some of his best tips in planning an Amalfi Coast tour.

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4 Paris Restaurants Featured in Movies You Know

small group tours to ParisOn our small group tours to Paris, The Professor always likes to point out sites featured in movies.  It's part of the fun in traveling to Paris.  In today's blog post, The Professor points out some restaurants featured in movies you know.  And, you can dine at these restaurants too.  Join The Professor on his next small group tour to Paris or go on your own to see where Hollywood meets Paris.

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Planning a Trip to Giverny, Home of Monet

Tips for Planning a Trip to Giverny Home of MonetOne of the greatest, if not the greatest, Impressionists painters of all time is Claude Monet. His home, gardens, and studio is located about 75 km (about 45 miles) from the center of Paris.  We have done a trip to Giverny many times on our small group tours to Paris. It is an easy day trip done as a group or individually by car or train. If done right, a trip to Giverny is more than worthwhile.  Look at today's blog post for The Professor's best tips on planning a trip to Giverny.

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