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 (51)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

How to Get the Best Airfares to Italy

Get to Italy Less Expensively and in More Comfort

Small group tours to ItalyOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy, we often help travelers in getting airfare to and from Italy. Airfares to Italy can vary greatly.  For instance, we selected travel dates departing from New York's JFK airport on June 1, 2019 and returning on June 10, 2019 to demonstrate how travelers can get the best airfares to Italy.  Read the blog post and hopefully The Traveling Professor can help you save money on airfare to Italy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (103)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

3 Places to Eat in Rome

Good Places to Eat in the Eternal City

Places to Eat in RomeWith all the problems Rome is having, it is still remains a great place to eat. The superstar dish here of course is pasta, but there is so much more than that. When we go on a Traveling Professor small group tour to Italy and visit Rome, we go to traditional restaurants as well as some more modern places. Check out today's blog post to find out about three of The Traveling Professor's favorite places to eat in Rome.

Thursday, November 8, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (97)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

Two Sandwich Spots in Florence

Great for Lunch

best sandwich in Florence ItalyThere is a lot of good food in Florence. I love the steak. Pizza is excellent too. And who goes to Florence without having the pasta? But there is one thing I need to have every time I visit Florence and that's a sandwich. I love sinking my teeth into the crusty bread. In today's blog post, I have 2 sandwich spots for you in Florence that must be tried on your next trip to the heart of Tuscany.

Thursday, October 25, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (122)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

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 (256)/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 (201)/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 (198)/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 (318)/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 (202)/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 (352)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.1
Categories: Italy
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New Paris Restaurant List

small group tours to ParisWe do several small group tours to Pairs each year.  We are always uncovering places to dine. We did three small group tours to Paris this year and have added some spots to our list. Most of them are on the Left Bank, on the inexpensive side.  If you have ever been with The Traveling Professor on one of his small group tours, the names are very recognizable for reliable, good food. 

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and Why You Need to Get It

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card for TravlersThe Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card is a great deal.  A lot of websites will tell you why, but they are probably receiving a commission for telling you so.  The Traveling Professor receives NO compensation for telling you why this is such a great travel card and why everyone should have it.  The Professor owns less than 5 credit cards and the Chase Sapphire Reserve is one of them and he will tell you why this card, over any other, should be in every traveler's wallet.

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Canadian Rockies by Rail

Canadian Rockies by RailIn our 2018 Traveler Survey, 45% of our respondents said they would be interested in a rail tour through the Canadian Rockies. So, The Traveling Professor got right on it and started reaching out to various vendors, contacts, hotels and guides to put together a tour. In today's blog post, The Professor lays out an itinerary for a terrific tour of the Canadian Rockies by rail.  However, in the end, travelers must ask themselves if this is a trip worth taking.

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3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Prevent Losing Your Luggage

Lost Luggage TipsLost luggage can ruin a trip.  In my experience in traveling with over 100 travelers per year, about 15% of all luggage is misplaced.  By that I mean luggage is either lost or arrives late. The Professor has been traveling 60,000+ miles for each of the last 10 years or so and has seen just about everything.  So here are his 3 ridiculously simple tips on how not to lose your bags.

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Scottish Highlands by Scenic Railway

small group tours to ScotlandIn September, The Traveling Professor did an inaugural tour to Scotland.  We did this as a small group tour to Scotland with 10 travelers. One of the biggest surprises we had is how beautiful the Scottish Highlands are, and that the best way to see them is by scenic rail.  In this blog post The Traveling Professor will tell you a little bit about some of the scenic Scottish highlands routes.

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3 Places to Eat in Rome

Places to Eat in RomeWith all the problems Rome is having, it is still remains a great place to eat. The superstar dish here of course is pasta, but there is so much more than that. When we go on a Traveling Professor small group tour to Italy and visit Rome, we go to traditional restaurants as well as some more modern places. Check out today's blog post to find out about three of The Traveling Professor's favorite places to eat in Rome.

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4 Tips for Booking a Trip to Machu Picchu

Tours to Machu PicchuProfessor Steve Solosky has been running small group tours to Machu Picchu and Peru for about 8 years.  He has also been designated by The New York Times Travel Show as a Peru Expert. Get his expert advice on planning a trip to Machu Picchu.  The Professor will share his experience on when to go, making bookings, and itinerary. Also, follow The Professor's blog post to get the best tips on traveling to Machu Picchu.

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How to Get the Best Airfares to Italy

Small group tours to ItalyOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy, we often help travelers in getting airfare to and from Italy. Airfares to Italy can vary greatly.  For instance, we selected travel dates departing from New York's JFK airport on June 1, 2019 and returning on June 10, 2019 to demonstrate how travelers can get the best airfares to Italy.  Read the blog post and hopefully The Traveling Professor can help you save money on airfare to Italy.

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Two Hotels in Florence Italy

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.

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5 Easy Tips for Booking Hotels

best hotel booking tipsMost people go to a hotel site, pick out a room and book it.  They can go directly to the hotel website or use a booking search engine like Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Trivago or many of the other hotel booking sites out there. But if you really want to save money, take a look at a few of The Traveling Professor's hotel booking tips you won't see anywhere else.

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