About Gemma Green Close

Gemma Green Close is the founding director and owner of Passion for Italy Travel. Gemma has travelled extensively throughout Italy every for twenty five years and is passionate about Italy, the Italian people and culture as well as beautiful accommodation in Italy. She is the editor and publisher of four websites about Italy and has had articles published in newspapers and magazines on a wide variety of topics. An avid reader of all books especially about Italy and particularly Italian history as well as Italian art, opera, classical music.
20 06, 2017

Venice Redentore Festival July

If you plan to be in Venice in July, you must see the Redentore Festival which is one of Venice’s best loved festivals. Decorated boats arrive at the basin of Piazza San Marco at sunset and all along the canals waiting to see the huge firework display which takes place after dark.

It is a […]

31 05, 2017

Culture of Food in Italy

Why Italian food is voted one of the best in the World!

Italian food culture is different to other countries I have visited. It used to annoy me at first that Italians talk about food so much,  but now I understand and have joined them…When in Rome…..! The food is exceptional and I am biased […]

15 05, 2017

Rialto Market Hidden Venice 440

Rialto Market and Secret Venice guided walking tour with Cicchetti and Wine, a Gondola ride, San Polo district and the medieval ancient red light district – 2.5 hr walking tour limited to 10 people.

A great tour for foodies and those who love food markets. The Rialto bridge fish and vegetable markets make a fascinating […]

6 04, 2017

Travel in Italy – The Traveller

From Viaggo in Portogallo by Jose Saramago (winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature)
“When the traveller sat down on the sand

and said,

“There is nothing else to see”,

He knew that it was not true.

You need to see what you have not seen,

See again what you have already seen,

To see in spring what you have […]

4 04, 2017

Venice Biennale 2017 Art Italy

The Venice Biennale art exhibition occurs every two years in Venice Italy. Fabulous art exhibitions from all around the world. Each country has its own pavillion. Venice Biennale 2017 is on again 13 may-26 Nov 2017. Art, Film, Theatre and music festivals abound.

Passion for Italy Travel has some fabulous hotels in Venice for you but […]

21 03, 2017

Travel in Italy Where to Go

While I love the whole of Italy – every region has its own jewels but a lot of people ask me what is my favourite part.
My response is what sort of holiday do you want. Young people usually wish to view a little bit of each of the famous spots but for middle aged […]

15 03, 2017

Southern Italy Package 418

Group Package Tour for Three Weeks across Southern Italy 1-22 October, 2017. Taste the delights of the South, starting in Rome, and travelling to Amalfi Coast, Matera,  Puglia and Sicily. You will see all the famous sites with private local guides and great food and wine. Your tour leaders are experienced tour operators who […]

14 03, 2017

Pompei Guide & Transfer 415

Private car transfer return with pickup from Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast to Pompei Archaeological park where your private guide will meet you at the entrance gates for a 2 hour private guided tour of Pompei. Click on link to see private tour.

Your driver will wait for you to bring you back to Naples, Sorrento […]

10 01, 2017

Venice Music Concerts

Dueling Orchestras of Venice
Piazza San Marco in Venice is a captivating place. Many people sadly only see it during the day, swarming with tourists, but there is another Venice for those who stay when the crowds depart.

My favorite time to go is in late May to early June, because the orchestras only play during […]

19 12, 2016

Merry Christmas from Passion for Italy Travel

Passion for Italy Travel wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May peace come to the world.

Greetings from Gemma in Australia, Sabrina in Italy and Lindsay in U.S.A

Our offices will be  closed 24 dec, 2016 and reopen on 2 Jan 2017.

We will respond to your enquiries when we return on 2 […]

3 12, 2016

Amazing Florence

Ah, Florence! With some of the most world-renowned art museums, arguably the most famous dome in the world, Renaissance treasures around every corner, high quality leather, excellent food and wine, Florence is a wonder to behold.

Florence is also, however, the Italian city that seems to bewilder tourists more than any other.  I was recently […]

28 11, 2016

Prosecco Wine Region Impressionist Art Exhibition

Prosecco Wine Region Impressionist Art Exhibition – If you are planning to visit Venice, Verona, the Prosecco Wine Region or others places in Veneto, don’t miss the exhibition in Treviso called “Storia dell’Impressionismo” ( History of Impressionism).

Exhibiting will be paintings of the most famous impressionist artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin and many more. […]