Two Side Trips from Florence Italy

Check Out These Two Great Destinations

small group tours to ItalyThe Traveling Professor loves taking his small group tours to Italy.  Florence is one of the most popular destinations.  But beyond Florence there is so much to see in Italy. There are plenty of destinations that are easy to get to, especially by train and even bus. On The Professor's small group tours, we never hesitate to go beyond the city of Florence to explore more of Italy.  Check out today's blog post to see wait awaits the traveler beyond renaissance Florence.

Saturday, June 22, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (156)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

Italy for Those Who Have Been to Italy Before

A Tour to Get Beyond the Tourist Traps and Trinket Stands

small group tours to paduaMost travelers who have not visited Italy before think of a tour to the Colosseum, the Accademia in Florence to see David, or maybe Venice to visit St. Mark's Square is on what should be on their itinerary.  But for those of us who have enjoyed Italy before and want to go past the souvenir stands, escape the hordes of foreign tourists, and enjoy the REAL Italy, does The Traveling Professor have a tour for you.   Take a look at today's blog post to see a delightful itinerary of Italy that is yours for discovery. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2263)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy

A Tour of Siena Italy

This Tuscan Hill Town is Full of History and Color

tour italy to sienaOn most of The Traveling Professor tours to Italy, we try to make a stop in at least one Tuscan hill town.  My choice for the best spot to visit would be Siena.  It is close to Florence and makes for an easy day trip.   There is plenty to see and do in Siena.  The food is good and one of the best piazzas in Italy, Il Campo, is a terrific way to enjoy your meal.  Read the blog post to find out more about a visit to Siena.

Sunday, December 21, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1884)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

What to See in Siena

About 75 Minutes Outside of Florence, A Perfect Day Trip

The Traveling ProfessorOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy, especially when we go to Florence, a day trip to Florence is a popular destination.   Only about 75 minutes by bus, this Tuscan hill town is known for it's beauty, food, history and well, just for a place to sit around and hang out.   In this blog post I will tell you what's on my list to see in Siena and perhaps on a trip to Italy, you can stop by and enjoy it too.

Saturday, March 15, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2099)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

The Duomo of Siena

A Must See When Visiting Siena

Many of our small group tours to Italy include a visit to Siena.  It is only an hour or so away from Florence by bus and a pleasant ride through the Chianti countryside.   Once arriving in Siena, we usually sit in Il Campo, the most beautiful of all Italy squares and enjoy a cafe or have lunch.    After that, I always make sure to visit the interesting, colorful, and historical Duomo.   See my blog post on what to see and do when traveling to Siena and visiting the Duomo.

Saturday, December 21, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (3086)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

How to do a Day Trip from Florence to Siena

Traveling Professor in SienaEveryone loves Siena.   It is a Tuscan hill town about an hour or so away from Florence. It has a beautiful piazza, great food, and a Duomo on an acid trip (you'll see what I mean when you get there).   Whenever we do a small group tour to Florence, we like to take a day trip there.  It is easy to get to, a great way to spend the day, and has just enough to see to make it interesting.   Check out the blog post to see how I do my Siena day trip.

Monday, July 1, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2465)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy
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2 Hotels in the Marais in Paris

hotels in MaraisThe Marais area of Paris is one of the most delightful and desirous places to stay.  It is a charming area that retains much of the traditional Paris architecture, culture, and best of all, cooking.  It is full of markets, relaxing squares, wonderful bakeries and restaurants. It is an excellent place to base a stay in Paris for the good travel connections too.  See The Traveling Professor's picks for hotels in the Marais section of Paris.

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Where to Eat in Edinburgh Scotland

small group tours to ScotlandThe Traveling Professor small group tours to Scotland are consistently sold out, sometimes 18 months in advance. Scotland has plenty to offer.  There are great cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow.  The Scottish Highlands have some of the most spectacular scenery one could ask for and when there is train travel involved like on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Scotland, it is even more spectacular. Almost anyone who travels to Scotland spends time in Edinburgh.  In this edition of The Traveling Professor's blog post, we give you our Edinburgh restaurant list. 

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The Absolute Best Places to Eat in Rome, Venice and Paris

Andy Herbach Eating and DrinkingWhenever we go on a small group tour to Italy or Paris (or anywhere else, for that matter), I strongly suggest travelers take a copy of Andy Herbach's books.  Andy Herbach is the author of the Eating & Drinking series of menu translators and restaurant guides, including Eating & Drinking in Paris, Eating & Drinking in Italy, Eating & Drinking in Spain and Portugal and Eating & Drinking in Latin America.  The Professor can tell you, without equivocation, these are the best guides for not only selecting the best places to eat, but in helping diners read and translate what's on the menu.  No more "point and pray" when selecting from a menu.  Andy's guides help you order confidently and correctly from the menu.
Andy is also the author of several books published by Europe Made Easy Travel Guides, including Paris Walks, Europe Made Easy, Italy Made Easy, Paris Made Easy, Berlin Made Easy, Amsterdam Made Easy, French Riviera Made Easy, Provence Made Easy, Oslo Made Easy, and Barcelona Made Easy

Read today's blog post to find Andy Herbach's best restaurants in Paris, Venice, and Rome.

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Shockingly Low Air Fares to Europe

cheap airfares to europeEveryone is always looking for inexpensive flights to Europe. I can remember flying R/T between New York and Paris in 2000 for $351 and I thought that was a bargain.  Can you get to Europe even cheaper now?  You sure can.  By using some easy strategy, it is easy to get to Europe on legacy airlines like American, Delta, and British airlines. Check out today's blog post and see The Traveling Professor's tips on bargain airfares to Europe both in economy and luxury class. 

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Perfect One Week Itinerary in Paris

best week long Paris itineraryThe Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris have taken hundreds of travelers to the City of Light.  Over the years we have developed a wonderful week-long itinerary. For each day, The Professor has put together a logical and easy to do Paris plan. It's a perfect week long itinerary for Paris, especially for those who have never been there before. Of course there is much more to see and do than what The Professor has listed, but that gives an excuse to come back for another visit. As you browse through the Paris itinerary, it is planned for an efficient tour that makes the most of a week in Paris.

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