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 (369)/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 (694)/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 (1584)/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 (2202)/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 (2734)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy
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6 Tips for Visiting Venice

tips for visiting VeniceTo me, Venice is the most unique city in the world. It floats in the sea. The canals weave in and out of the city full of gondoliers, water taxis, and vaporetto.  It's definitely not a Roman city, but a mix of East and West. The pedestrian streets (there are no cars on the island, except for one very limited place) wind through the city with no rhyme or reason. We often travel there on The Traveling Professor's small group tours and our travelers love it. But there are a few tips we have for you in today's blog post about the city of Venice, or as they say it in Italy, Venezia.
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3 Side Trips from Florence Italy

side trips from Florence

There is plenty to see and do in Florence. But the city is also close enough to other destinations in Italy that deserve a look. One of the nice things about Italy is the amount of diversity within close proximity to each other. So, a short trip by bus or train will take the traveler to another destination that offers variety in architecture, food, and culture. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor has selected 3 different side trips that are easily reachable by Florence for you to check out on your next tour.

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5 Handy Websites and Apps Needed for Every Overseas Trip

websites used for planning tripsTrip planning is full of details, details and then more details.  Putting together a trip means putting together a lot of logistical information from a lot of different resources. On every small group tour The Traveling Professor puts together, there seems to be certain websites and apps that are "go to" websites or apps for each and every trip.  In today's blog post, find out about the 5 websites and apps The Professor uses on almost every trip he plans.
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Perfect Spain Itinerary in 12 Days/11 Nights

Perfect Spain ItinerarySpain is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Even the Europeans like to travel to Spain. For the first-timer, The Traveling Professor has laid out a plan of attack to see the most popular destinations in Spain.  In this blog post, we talk about where to go, what to see, where to stay and what to eat.  Take a look and go on your own or join The Traveling Professor when he introduces his first small group to Spain in 2021.  Olé!
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Tips on Flying Clean and Healthy

Tips for flying healthyPeople have become more aware of flying clean and healthy these days. The Corona Virus being in the news has put new emphasis on this.  In my experience, the traveler probably has the most probably of becoming ill from flying.  Think about it, the traveler is in a confined space within close proximity of others.  The seats and surrounding areas are touched and used by different people multiple times each day.  The air is recirculated.  Travelers can be tired and have a low resistance.  In this blog post we offer some suggestions on keeping healthy on your next flight.
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