The Best Austrian City in Italy

A Quick Visit to Trieste

Trieste VisitThere is much more to Italy than Rome, Florence, and Venice.  We do recommend visiting those three cities if you have never been to Italy before.  However, there is so much more to explore.  In between trips to Croatia, we had the opportunity to go up to Trieste, very close to the Croatia and Slovenia border. Although we spent only a short time there, we found it to be a refreshing and most enjoyable way to experience Italy.  Read about our short visit to Trieste in today's blog post. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (148)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4

7 Things That Surprise First Time Travelers to Europe

Revelations for New Travelers to Europe

surprises when visiting europePeople are always excited to go on a small group tour to Europe with The Traveler Professor.  They all want to experience the different cultures, history, foods and architecture of Europe. It is interesting to see what new travelers find surprising about visiting Europe. To find out what new revelations amaze first-time travelers to places like Paris, Italy, Austria, Scotland, Croatia and all the other places The Traveling Professor takes his small group tours, just click the title of this article and you'll see.

Thursday, July 25, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (384)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: General Travel

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 (208)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

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 (323)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

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 (268)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 2.7
Categories: Italy

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 (331)/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 (248)/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 (501)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy

Two Small Hotels in Florence

Feel Like Family at these Small Hotels

best hotels in florence italyEveryone loves to travel to Florence, Italy.  And why not?  There's David at the Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery, and lots of other wonderful places to see.  It's a great walking city with everything within 15 minutes of each other.  There are great transportation connections to wineries and other small cities in Tuscany like Lucca, Siena, and San Gimignano.  And the food!  Probably the best in all of Italy.  It's no wonder why The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy and Florence always fill up as soon as they are offered.  Read about my two favorite hotels in Florence in today's Italy blog post. 

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (481)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy

How to Get to Your Hotel in Venice

Your Best Options Here

small group tours to italyOne of the nice things about Venice is that it is away from it all, with winding unmarked streets, pedestrian traffic only.  One of the bad things about Venice is that it is away from it all, with winding sometimes unmarked streets, pedestrian traffic only.  There is no taxi or car service within Venice. The Traveling Professor has a lot of experience with his small group tours to Italy and today, he gives his advice on getting to your hotel from the Venice train station or Marco Polo airport.

Friday, July 7, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (636)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Italy
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The Joy of Inexpensively Flying Premium Economy Overseas

Flying Premium EconomyIf you are like The Traveling Professor, you abhor those overnight coach class trans-Atlantic flights from North America to Europe.  They are jam-packed, cramped, and they are practically impossible to get any sleep on.  You could always book business or first class, but that will probably cost about $3,000 or more.  But on a recent small group tour to Italy, we took an overseas flight from New York to Italy, I flew in comfort with a good 6 hours of shut-eye, for less than a coach-class seat.  See why Premium Economy is the only way to go to Europe.
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5 Places to Eat in Florence Italy

Flying Premium Economy

The Professor just returned from a small group tour to Italy.  We saw a lot of great sites like the David at the Accademia and the classic Renaissance Italian art at the Uffizi Palace.  We enjoyed the charm and history of this great Tuscan city.  But when it came time to eat, we took advantage of the bounty of wonderful Italian food, Tuscan style. The best restaurants in Florence feature fresh vegetables, aromatic herbs, home-made pasta, organic beef.  Don't forget about the pizza, cheeses, fruits and of course the best gelato in the world.  Read about The Traveling Professor's ppicks for some of the best restaurants in Florence.

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