4 Favorite Authentic Towns in Italy

Not the Typical Tourist Places in Italy

authentic italian townWhen The Traveling Professor did his annual traveler survey over the summer, over 67% of the respondents indicated they preferred to travel to more uncommon destinations.   On my small group tours to Italy we do travel to more touristy cities like Rome, Venice, and Florence, but I think people are looking for those more uncrowded and less touristy authentic Italian towns.   In this blog post I list my favorite authentic Italian towns that get away from those larger, touristy cities.

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1059)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Three Hotels in Padua

Affordable and Near Everything

small group tours to italyFor me, Padua is my favorite city in Italy whether traveling alone or on my small group tours to Italy.  First of all it has the historic Scroveni Chapel.   There is the famous Cafe Pedrocchi as well as the university where famed scholars like Galileo taught.   The Basilica of St. Anthony, destination of many pilgrims is located here.  The markets are the best in Italy, if you ask me.   It is located within a short train ride from Venice, Venezia, Verona, Lake Garda, Treviso and other great spots.  And best of all, it lacks the crowds of tourists found in many other Italian cities.  In other words, it is authetic.  Here are my tips for where to stay in Padua.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (791)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Italy for the Experienced Traveler

Where To Go In Italy If You Have Been There Before

Italy for Experienced TravelersWhen most people travel to Italy for the first time, they usually wind up in Rome, Florence, Venice and maybe even the Amalfi Coast.  These are all wonderful places to travel, but let's face it, there can be quite touristy with big crowds and high prices.   There are other parts of Italy worth seeing.  I think they are more authentic, less crowded, and much less expensive.  See my blog post for my favorite places to visit in Italy second time around.

Thursday, November 19, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1477)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Padua: The Perfect Italian City

You Haven't Been to Italy Until Visiting Padua

small group tours to paduaWe just returned from Italy on a Traveling Professor small group tour with 10 travelers.  After 4 days in Florence visiting great sites like the Chianti region and the Uffizi's Vasari corridor, we headed off for 5 nights in Padua.   Never heard of it?  Well you should know it.  It might just be the best city in all of Italy. 


Tuesday, September 22, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1525)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.8
Categories: Italy

Tuscany and The Veneto Region of Italy

We're Off With 10 Travelers on Friday

trip to the venetoI arrive in Italy on Friday for another small group tour to Italy.  We have 10 experienced travelers this time.  We are bypassing some of the traditional sites on this trip.  Although we stay in Florence for 4 nights, we will day trip to Lucca, the Chianti region, spend a couple of days in Florence digging deeper into this Renaissance city.   Then we go to the un-touristy city of Padua where we will base ourselves.  We'll spend some time there and also visit Shakespeare's Verona, Vicenza, and the better-than-Lake-Come destination, Lake Garda.  Look at the blog post for our itinerary.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1583)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

The Veneto Region of Italy

Padua, Verona, Vicenza and Lake Garda

veronabridgeFirst timers always visit Rome, Florence, and Venice.   Our most popular small group tours to Italy involves Rome, Venice, and Florence also.  However, we recommend to get past the tourists and trinket shops to get a more intimate view of Italy.   In the past few years, I've discovered the Veneto region of Italy.  I love the authentic culture, food, in a relaxed atmosphere.  Check out my blog post and I will tell you more about Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Lake Garda.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2128)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Italy

Back from Another Small Group Tour to Italy

Here are the Highlights of Our Tour to The Veneto and Amalfi

tours to italyI got back late last night from leading another small group tour to Italy.  We visited Florence, Padua, Verona, Venice, Vicenza then headed down to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast for a few days.   We traveled with as many as 12 adults and as few as six.  The weather was terrific, the food was out of this world, the places we visited were glorious and the friendships we made will last for a long time.   Read my blog post and find out the highlights of our tour of Italy.

Thursday, October 9, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1762)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
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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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Perfect 3 Day Itinerary in Rome

small group tours to ItalyRome is one of our favorite stops on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy.  Italy can be hot, overcrowded, and gritty, but it is a place every traveler should see at once in their lives. The entire city is an open air museum, full of history, culture and great food. The Traveling Professor has taken hundreds of people to Rome.  Three days is a perfect number of days to visit.  In today's travel blog, The Professor offers up his suggestions for the perfect 3 day itinerary in Rome.

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