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 (256)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Italy

Top 5 Things to Do in Rome

How to Do Them and How to Do Them Better

small group tours to romeEveryone needs to go to Rome at least once.  A small group tour to Rome is a staple on The Traveling Professor's Italy trips. Because of the crowds, Rome can be a difficult venue to maneuver.   Lines at major attractions can be overwhelming.  In today's blog post, The Professor will detail his favorite places to go in Rome and how to do those favorite places the right way.http://www.travelingprofessor.com/

Tuesday, January 24, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (592)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Italy

How to Visit the Vatican

Tips to Save Time and Money while Avoiding the Big Crowds

vatican with traveling professorA pilgrimage to the Vatican is a must for those visiting Rome.   There is the Vatican Museum with the glorious Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter.   However, the crowds can be absolutely brutal in terms of the number of people queuing up for both the Vatican Museum and the Basilica.   Without careful planning, it is not unusual for travelers to wait for hours to get in.   Take a look at my blog post and get my advice for saving time and money, without having to wait in line.

Friday, February 19, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1499)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

Best Way to Visit the Vatican

Beating the Massive Crowds is the Best Strategy

vatican museum visitWhen on tour in Rome, one of the top attractions is the Vatican and Sistine Chapel.  Therefore, one of the most crowded attractions in Rome (and just about anywhere else The Traveling Professor tours), is the Vatican.  It is not unusual to see lines stretching for hundreds of yards that will take visitors hours to wait on.  Take a look at my blog post to see how to visit the Vatican while minimizing the crowds and maximizing your enjoyment while on tour in Rome.

Monday, December 15, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2135)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

How to Tour the Vatican

These Tips Will Save Time and Money

vaTICANOne of the most popular activities on our small group tours to Italy is a visit to Vatican City.   There are two, really three, main sites that everyone wants to see:  St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel (the Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museum).  Although the Vatican follows pretty regular hours, there may be some surprise closing dates.   The other issue is that there can be extensive, and I mean extensive lines to get into the museums or basilica.  My tips will help you enjoy your next tour to Rome and the Vatican.

Monday, April 28, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2658)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy
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4 Things to do in Oslo Norway

Small Group Tours to NorwayThe Traveling Professor small group tours to Copenhagen, Norway and Iceland is one of our most popular small group tours. Personally, The Professor loves Norway, and especially Oslo, as a destination. In the last few years, prices have moderated in Norway putting it on par price-wise, with most other European cities. There is so much to see and do in Oslo that it would take several blog posts to describe. In today's blog post, The Professor will tell you about just a few of his favorite things to do when on a small group tour to Norway.

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5 Tips for Solo Travelers

small group toursOn our Traveling Professor small group tours, usually about half of those on are tours are "solo" travelers.  That means they joining our group without knowing anyone else on the tour, or they may be meeting someone they know on the tour. Whether traveling on your own or traveling by yourself with a small group tour like the ones run by The Traveling Professor, there are a few tips solo travelers should follow.  Take a look at today's blog post.

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5 Tips for Traveling on European Trains

tips for European train travelEveryone has heard how good European trains are.  Probably everything you have heard is true.  They are fast, they are comfortable, they run on a regular basis. Whenever possible, The Traveling Professor takes his small group tours by train when going from city to city, and you should too. In this blog post, The Professor gives some of his best tips on how to take advantage of European trains to get the best train, ride in comfort, and get to where you need to go economically.

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2 Ridiculously Good Places for Lunch in Paris

best lunch places in ParisAfter over 75 visits to Paris and taking hundreds of travelers on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, we have uncovered many good places for lunch.  But there are two places that stand out in The Traveling Professor's mind as being the best places to have lunch in Paris.  They are both in elegant settings, the food is outstanding, the service is very good and to top it off, the prices are reasonable. Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post on the best places to have lunch in Paris.

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Where to Stay When Touring the Amalfi Coast

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.

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How to Find the Best Restaurants When Traveling

how to find the best places to eatOne of the great pleasures of going to Italy is trying the great food.  There are all types of restaurants owned by families and people who are passionate about what they serve.  After all, you certainly did not go to Italy to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe. Through The Traveling Professor's many years of traveling through Italy, he has found some great restaurants and those restaurants have come to him through many different sources. Check out his blog post to find out how to find the best restaurants in Italy.

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The Best Deal in Travel Insurance is Here

How to Get Free Travel InsuranceTravelers might ask, "Why do I even need travel insurance?".  Well, the chances are, you probably won't.  But when you do, you will be very glad you have it.  The Traveling Professor has taken over a thousand travelers on his small group tours to Europe and South America.  In the vast majority of cases, there are no delays, cancellations, lost luggage, lost passports, or medical emergencies.  But we have had the occasion on our small group tours where people are delayed by weather, they get ill and need to cancel a trip, they lose a passport, luggage gets lost or delayed.  Why not have travel insurance for these situations, and on top of it, why not get it for free?  Today's blog post discusses the best deal a traveler can get in travel insurance.

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The 5 Smartest Travel Moves You Can Make

best travel moves you can makeNot only does The Traveling Professor make multiple trips to Europe and South America each year, The Professor has taken well over a thousand people on his small group tours to various places like Paris, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Norway, Iceland, Ireland and Scotland. With over 12 years of professional travel planning under his belt, The Professor has learned to do it right. In today's blog post are 5 of the smartest things he has done and recommends that each traveler should follow.

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Tips for Touring the Scottish Highlands

small group tour scottish highlandsWho doesn't love Scotland? It is perhaps the most beautiful country in all of Europe.  Everyone speaks English although you might not understand what they are saying!  The train rides are spectacular in Scotland.  The food is outrageously good and the people are just about as friendly as you can find. So, what should you see, where should you go, and where should you stay on a tour to the Scottish Highlands? Go get yourself a wee dram and check out the Traveling Professor's blog post. 

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Travel Products I Use All The Time

best travel productsI have been traveling internationally for many years now.  Over that time, The Traveling Professor has found some items that he consistently packs and uses.  Some of these items you won't see on any other printed lists, some of these things you will see on other lists. But take a look at the products I have listed here and consider including them on your next overseas trip.

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