5 Favorite Small Cities in Europe

With Hotel and Dining Recommendations

Best Small Cities EuropeOne of the advantages of running small group tours to Europe, is that we get to visit a variety of different places.  Sometimes we do it with our small group tours, sometimes we visit these small cities when doing research for a tour. In today's blog post The Traveling Professor tells you about his favorite small cities in Europe, one each in France, Italy, and Norway and two in Austria.

Saturday, January 5, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (247)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

4 Off the Radar Cities to Visit in Northern Italy

Get to Know the Real Italy

small group tours to italyEveryone wants to see Rome, Florence and Venice.  And why not?  They should be seen.  However, the larger cities of Italy are expensive and full of tourists, trinket shops, ordinary restaurants, and standard chain hotels.  Why not relax and visit the REAL Italy on your next trip? Enjoy the tastes and culture of smaller authentic cities. Avoid the crowds and long lines, eat real Italian food, see amazing sites, and stay at outstanding hotels all less expensively than can be done in the large cities.

Thursday, June 7, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (430)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.1
Categories: Italy

Beyond Rome, Florence and Venice

There is More to Italy to See

Bassano del GrappaEveryone should visit Rome, Florence and Venice.  However, there is more to Italy than just these 3 cities.  Travelers need to take the time to visit the REAL Italy, away from the trinket shops and massive crowds.  The Traveling Professor's small group tours has visited some wonderful places in Italy that are considered "off-the-beaten" path.  In this Italy blog post, you will find out about some of the places you need to visit beyond Rome, Florence and Venice.

Friday, June 2, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (736)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Italy

Cheap Airfares to Italy

4 Tips to Save Money Without Sacrificing Comfort

cheap airfares to italyThe Traveling Professor runs several small group tours to Italy each year.  We travel to major cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Sorrento.  We also take small group tours to Italy to smaller cities like Padua, Verona, Lucca, Siena, and Vicenza.  Italy is not always the easiest place to fly to and fares can be high.  In this blog post, The Professor shows you how to save a significant amount of money on your next tour to Italy with cheap airfares.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1189)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.6

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 (983)/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 (746)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

3 BEST Lunch Spots in Italy

This is What Italy is All About

Cantina del Vesuvio Traveling ProfessorI've been to Italy many times.  I've seen Rome, Florence, Padua, Siena, Venice, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Lucca and many other places multiple times.  The Traveling Professor has dined in a lot of places but in today's blog post I list my three favorite places in Italy for lunch.  We always visit them on my The Traveling Professor's small group tours and if you come with me, I will take you to these places.  But if you go on your own, don't pass on this trio of authentic and delicious Italian restaurants for the best lunch in Italy.

Monday, April 25, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1412)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

How to Do a Bargain Trip to Italy

Save Money and Time Without Sacrificing Luxury or Comfort

small group tour to italyLet's face it, travel is expensive these days.  But we all love going to Italy.  The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy are probaly the most popular of our tours.   There is a way to go to Italy, enjoy it in luxury, without breaking the bank.  In fact, if this blog post doesn't save you a ton of money on your next trip to Italy, the next time you go, I will meet you there and buy you the biggest gelato to be found.

Thursday, February 11, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1961)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

Why Padua is the Best City to Visit in Italy

Get to See the REAL Italy

small group tours to paduaFor me, there are two parts of Italy.  There are the over-touristy destinations like Rome, Florence, and much of Venice.  They are filled with massive amounts of people, trinket shops on nearly every corner, people trying to sell you all other types of trinkets, long lines, and frankly, some overrated sites.  However, peel away the skin of the onion and discover one of the best-kept secrets in Italy; Padua.  Relatively uncrowded, much cheaper than the other cities mentioned above, much more relaxing, and more fascinating in terms of history and culture, it is The Traveling Professor's favorite Italian city.

Sunday, February 7, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1554)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy
Tags: Padua

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 (1441)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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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