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.

Elena Ferrante My Brillant Friend 524

Private guided tour of Ellena Ferrante’s My Brillant Friend and books and Spaccanapoli – the ancient quarter of Naples.

Dotted along these street and alleys of Spaccanapoli which has not changed for 500 years, there are numerous beautiful churches, cloisters, artisan workshops, trattorias, and pizzerias, the Church and the Cloister of Santa Chiara, the Church […]

Venice Biennale 2019 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. The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, will take place from 11 May to 24 November 2019 (Pre-opening on 8, 9, 10 May).  Art, Film, […]

Pozzuoli Jazz Festival July 2019

Pozzuoli Jazz Festival 4- 22 July 2019 www.pozzuolijazzfestival.it

Pozzuoli (NA) Campi Flegrei, Campania, Italy

If you are planning a trip to Italy in July, you just have to come to the Pozzuoli Jazz Festival. I cannot rave enough about this incredible festival. The concerts are outstanding with performers from all over the world. see www.pozzuolijazzfestival.it

Pozzuoli is 40 […]

Why the Italian lifestyle has got it right!

After working with Italians for many years, I cannot help but be jealous of their lifestyle. Every time I return from Italy, I am determined to try to adapt the same routine that I practiced in Italy. The first week I am motivated and keep it up, only to go into slow decline and […]

Flavio Roman Amphitheatre Pozzuoli

The Flavian Roman Ancient Amphitheater located in Pozzuoli, Campania to the east of Naples, is the third largest in Italy seating up to 50,000 spectators. The gladiators fought here as they did in the Colosseum in Rome. Completed in the late 1st century of the Flavian dynasty.

In 305, the arena was the setting for […]

Castello di Sammezzano Tuscany

Castello di Sammezzano in Tuscany. Unbelievable beauty – an amazing private castle and park outside Reggello, Province of Florence. Simply amazing – such architecture and incredible work done in the 19th C by Fernando Paciatichi Ximenes d’Aragona 1813-1897.

There are guided tours 5/6 times a year and it is used as a photo and movie […]

Italy Travel – Away from the Crowds

Italy is now very popular as a travel destination throughout the whole world. If you dislike crowds I suggest you travel in Autumn and winter as the summers are also very hot as well as very crowded in the summer holidays.

Passion for Italy has some great suggestions for you where to go to escape […]

Baia Archaeological Park, Campi Flegrei

The Roman Archaeological park of Baia in Campi Flegrei, Campania east of Naples, is a must see if you love archaeology. It is outstanding and contains two amazing things, the ancient Roman Cistern – the Temple of Mercury and a tree that has grown upside down from the top of one of the caves […]

Venice Tintoretto Exhibition

Venice Italy 7th September 2018 to 6th January 2019. To Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto (one of the most important Venetian Painters! 1519-1594) the city of Venice in collaboration with Musei civici, Washington’s National Art Gallery, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and Curia of Venice will organise a major […]

Pozzuoli International Jazz Day

Pozzuoli International Jazz Day 2018. April 30 and 1 May 2018. Piazza della Repubblica, Pozzuoli, Campania

Association of Jazz and Conversation of Campi Flegrei is organising two days dedicated to music, meeting and sharing music in the historical center of Pozzuoli.

Musicians are welcome to play, Show your musical talents to the world.

Come and meet the […]

Florence – City of Culture

When I  work in Florence to make contact with the wonderful staff of the Passion for Italy Florentine hotels, I just love simply to stroll around the center and look up at the magnificent architecture.  I must say I think that Florence is taking over number one stance rivalling Roma as my favourite city in Italy.!!

I […]

Cuma Archaeological Park Campi Flegrei

Cuma Archaeological Park at Cuma, north west of Naples in the province of Bacoli, is a huge archaeological park the site of the first Greek colony on mainland Italy (Sicily is older) thought to be around 800-1200 BC. Below is a video filmed by Pozzuoli Jazz Festival where you can see the enormity and […]