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

How to Beat the Crowds in Italy

Avoiding the Crowds Needs to be Part of an Italy Itinerary

Let's face it, traveling to places like Rome, Florence and Venice, one can expect big crowds.   On our small group tours to Italy we have seen lines hours long into places like the Colosseum and the Basilica in Venice.   The tourist push to see sites like David in the Accademia in Florence or the Uffizi Gallery can be unbelievable.  Even on The Traveling Professor's Tours to Italy much of our itinerary planning is done with crowd avoidance in mind.  In today's blog post I will give advice on how to beat the crowds in places like Rome, Florence, and Venice.   Hopefully, with these tips in mind a tour to Italy will be more enjoyable for you.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2517)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Italy

Is Europe Too Crowded To Visit?

Tips for Avoiding the Masses of People Visiting Italy, Paris and Spain

big crowds in europeWe recently returned from a small group tour of Italy.  In Rome, there were masses of people at the Colosseum and the Vatican.  The lines to see "David" at the Accademia snaked over a hundred yards around the block.  The Uffizi, with it's rich Italian art, had a wait of hours and hours to get in.   In Venice, the lines looked liked those in DisneyWorld, only on steroids.   On my small group tours to Italy, we just don't wait in lines.  Look at my tips for getting into those popular attractions like a VIP, with no waiting in line.

Monday, June 9, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2376)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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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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