Discovering Southern Italy's Jewish Heritage

A New Destination from Our Friends at The Heart of Southern Italy

Italy's Jewish HeritageOur dear friends, Tess and Elena have been running wonderful tours to Southern Italy for some time now.  Their company is called The Heart of Southern Italy.  Like us, they love to show small groups the real Italy, especially in Puglia, one of the most beautiful places all in Italy.  Puglia is the home of the best food in Italy and wonderful scenery.  It is far away from the throbbing crowds of Rome, Florence, and Venice.  Now they have introduced a tour The Traveling Professor highly recommends, Discovering Southern Italy's Jewish Heritage.  Read all about it in their guest blog post.

Monday, April 29, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (191)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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4 Best Places for Gelato in Florence Italy

It's Not Just Ice Cream, It's Italian Ice Cream and It's Really Good!

best Gelator in FlorenceWho in their right mind would go to Italy without trying one of the best foods ever invented? And by that, we mean gelato.  There is nothing better than ending a wonderful Tuscan meal in Florence by stopping by a gelato shop afterwards and picking up one of your favorite flavors (I like straciatella myself) in a cone or cup, then strolling around the wide open streets of Florence taking in the views. In today's blog post, Steve Solosky and co-author of "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Florence", Melanie Wilson give you their best picks for gelato in Florence.

Sunday, April 28, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (155)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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Where to Stay When Touring the Amalfi Coast

Two Solid Choices in Sorrento

Best Hotels in SorrentoThe Amalfi Coast is one of the most spectacular places to visit.  The food is out of this world, the natural beauty is dramatic, and the people watching is great. We have been to the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento on many Traveling Professor small group tours to Italy on multiple occasions and enjoy it each and every time.  In this blog post, The Traveling Professor will tell you about two very special hotels you want to consider on your next tour to the Amalfi Coast.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (212)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.5
Categories: Italy

4 Small Cities in Italy You Must See

Get Away from the Big Crowds and Enjoy Italy

small group tours to ItalyLet's face it, cities like Rome, Florence, and Venice are just way overcrowded.  For instance, the line to get in the Vatican Museum can be OVER A MILE LONG.  Big crowds prevent you from seeing David or the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.  St. Mark's Square in Venice is awash with people, sometimes so many you might think you're in Disney World during spring break. But there are authentic and small Italian towns to visit, just about any time of the year.  Check them out in my Italy blog post.

Sunday, February 24, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (223)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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3 Good Hotels in Venice

Location, Quality, and Service are All Important

small group tour to veniceEveryone loves Venice.  In fact, we will be in Venice this September on a Traveling Professor small group tour to Venice.  Hotel selection is important in Venice.  It needs to be well located.  It has to be comfortable.  Good service is always a factor when The Traveling Professor books a hotel for his small group tours in Venice. The Traveling Professor has 3 good hotels in Venice for your selection. Join The Traveling Professor on a small group tour to Venice or choose from those provided in today's blog post.

Friday, February 15, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (193)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 2.7
Categories: Italy

4 Favorite Small Towns in Europe

Off the Beaten Path, But Worth Visiting

small group tours to NorwayOf course we do small group tours to places like Paris, Rome, Dublin and Oslo. Those are big, bustling cities with mass transit systems, big hotels, lots of museums and restaurants. However, on The Traveling Professor's travels, we have found places that are tiny, off the beaten path places, that we just love to visit. Check out our favorite small towns in Italy, Iceland, Norway, that you have not heard of, but would like to.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (251)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

5 Favorite Small Cities in Europe

With Hotel and Dining Recommendations

Best Small Cities EuropeOne of the advantages of running small group tours to Europe, is that we get to visit a variety of different places.  Sometimes we do it with our small group tours, sometimes we visit these small cities when doing research for a tour. In today's blog post The Traveling Professor tells you about his favorite small cities in Europe, one each in France, Italy, and Norway and two in Austria.

Saturday, January 5, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (282)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

3 Luxury Places to Stay in Florence, Italy

Everyone Loves a Bit of Comfort. Find It At These Hotels

Tours to FlorenceMy co-author for my upcoming book, "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Florence" loves luxury and Melanie Wilson has come up with some excellent choices for travelers to pamper themselves on their next tour to Florence.  The nice thing about luxury hotels in Florence is that they have an uncanny ability to mix the old and the new.  Check out this selection of luxury hotels in Florence, Italy.

Thursday, January 3, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (196)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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Is Rome in Ruins?

Is Rome Still Worth Visiting?

Garbage in RomeBack in February 2015, I put up a blog post called, The Rome Problem.  In it, The Traveling Professor talked about some of the problems of visiting Rome in terms of crime, harassment, trash, and public transportation.  It seems that The New York Times has noticed too. They recently published an article called "Rome in Ruins", outlining many of the same problems The Traveling Professor pointed out 4 years ago.  The problems are not limited to cities like Rome.  Paris, for instance, has many of the same problems.  However, travelers should be made aware of what they can expect the next time they visit Rome.  Check out my blog post.

Sunday, December 30, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (278)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Italy

Two Hotels in Florence Italy

Across the River in the Oltrarno Area

Hotels in Oltrarno Area of FlorenceFlorence is a Renaissance city full of art and culture.  The food and wine is not bad either. Travelers will always need a place to lay their head down in the evening and nothing is better than the Oltrarno area of Florence.  The Traveling Professor and Melanie Wilson have come up with two pick for the traveler to visit on their next trip to Italy.

Thursday, November 15, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (211)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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Discovering Southern Italy's Jewish Heritage

Italy's Jewish HeritageOur dear friends, Tess and Elena have been running wonderful tours to Southern Italy for some time now.  Their company is called The Heart of Southern Italy.  Like us, they love to show small groups the real Italy, especially in Puglia, one of the most beautiful places all in Italy.  Puglia is the home of the best food in Italy and wonderful scenery.  It is far away from the throbbing crowds of Rome, Florence, and Venice.  Now they have introduced a tour The Traveling Professor highly recommends, Discovering Southern Italy's Jewish Heritage.  Read all about it in their guest blog post.

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How We Pack for a 3 Week Tour to Europe

eBagsLinda and I will be departing on a 21-day small group tours to Paris, Normandy Invasion Beaches, Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands.  Everything, as usual, goes in our carry-on.  We will take one suitcase each and a small backpack.  We will take into consideration the weather, the terrain we will be walking on, the sites to be visited.  21 days is actually a short trip for us, we have gone on trips as long as 44 days with just a carry on.  Look at the blog post to see how we pack and what we pack.

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3 Almost Off the Radar Places to Visit in Paris

3 Almost off the Radar Places in ParisEveryone knows the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Orsay, Rodin and the Arc de Triomphe.  They are some of the most popular places to visit while on a tour to Paris. However, Paris has many more attractive options to visit. In this blog post The Traveling Professor lists 3 of his "almost off the radar" places to visit on your next trip to Paris.

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