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 (144)/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 (414)/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 (715)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
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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 (1168)/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 (947)/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 (720)/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 (1389)/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 (1936)/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 (1530)/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 (1423)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy
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5 Worst Mistakes an International Traveler Can Make

Travel MistakesWith well over a million and a half miles of international air travel under his belt and over 20 years on the road, The Traveling Professor has learned a thing or two about travel and how to travel smart. There are a few things every international travel should do, but there a few critical mistakes an international traveler should avoid. All of the travel mistakes The Professor points out are easy to avoid too and The Professor tells you how. Check out today's international blog post to see the 5 worst mistakes an international traveler can make.  We welcome your comments too.

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3 Luxury Places to Stay in Florence, Italy

Tours to FlorenceMy co-author for my upcoming book, "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Florence" loves luxury and Melanie Wilson has come up with some excellent choices for travelers to pamper themselves on their next tour to Florence.  The nice thing about luxury hotels in Florence is that they have an uncanny ability to mix the old and the new.  Check out this selection of luxury hotels in Florence, Italy.

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5 Favorite Small Cities in Europe

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.

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Protect Your Valuables While Traveling

Travel Product of the MonthEvery now and then we get the opportunity to review a product that we think will be of good use to our travelers.  A few months ago we were sent the 130 Degrees® Anti-Theft Purse and Linda used while we were on a small group tour to Paris. Take a look at the review and we think this might be a good product for your consideration.

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4 Favorite Small Towns in Europe

small group tours to NorwayOf course we do small group tours to places like Paris, Rome, Dublin and Oslo. Those are big, bustling cities with mass transit systems, big hotels, lots of museums and restaurants. However, on The Traveling Professor's travels, we have found places that are tiny, off the beaten path places, that we just love to visit. Check out our favorite small towns in Italy, Iceland, Norway, that you have not heard of, but would like to.

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3 GREAT Things to Know When Booking International Airfare

Tips for Booking International AirfaresThere is little rhyme or reason on why airlines price airfares the way they do.  I'm not sure if anyone can figure it out. However, there are some things that can be counted on. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor goes over some very basic pointers to take into consideration when purchasing international airfares.  These tips will help the traveler save time, save money and relieve some of the confusing issues surrounding the purchase of international airfares.

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Tips for Flying Smart in the Winter

sleep in airportBad weather, especially in the winter, is a primary cause of flights being cancelled or delayed.  This weekend we saw a good percentage of flights get cancelled due to snow and cold weather. If you flight is cancelled or delayed, don't count on the airlines to help out. They might provide some food vouchers or they might provide a hotel, but don't count on it.  However, there are some steps you can take to minimize the chance you will be on a cancelled flight and there are steps to be taken in case a flight is cancelled or delayed.

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