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.

Verdi Festival in Parma Italy

For those who love classical music and especially Verdi! the Verdi Festival is on in Parma and Busseto Emilia Romagna Italy 24 September - 18 October 2020.

Christmas Message Passion for Italy Travel

As we come to the closing of another decade in a world of constant change, where people come in and out of our lives through loss in various forms, there is one thing that stays the same and that is – that love is periennial. It affects all life on this planet. Everything responds […]

10 Best Things to do in Italy

A Few of my Favourite Things in Italy
by Allison Spiegel, PFI New York Office

When people ask me what my favourite thing about Italy is…. the song from The Sound of Music begins to play in my head. It is a nearly impossible question to answer because it is not just one thing or one […]

Island of Ischia, Campania

Ischia is the island off the town of Pozzuoli, on the gulf of Pozzuoli and the peninsula of Campi Flegrei and across from the island of Capri. It is often referred to as the mysterious “other” island in the Bay of Naples but thanks to movies such as The Talented Mr. Ripley and the […]

Pozzuoli Jazz Festival Package

Pozzuoli Jazz Festival Package 1 -27 July 2019 If you love jazz as well as all types of music then, this is the place to be! The Pozzuoli Jazz Festival is on every year in July. 22 fabulous concerts of various genres in Campi Flegrei, including Cuma Archaeoloical Park, the Ancient Roman Terme di […]

Pompei Tour with Winery Lunch 466

Transfer from Napoli train station, Guided Private tour of Pompei Archaeological Park then followed by a wine tour at a winery at the foot of  the volcano Vesuvius with a lovely lunch to follow.

After meeting your English-speaking driver for the private transfer, we make the short ride to Pompeii, taking in amazing views of […]

Slow Travel in Italy

Planning a holiday is always challenging, if you do not know anything about a country. However as I myself prefer slow travel, I am always amazed how some people seem to have so much energy to want to run around the country in ten days.

I think the reason for this is that, a lot […]

Villa Jovis, on the Isle of Capri

Are you fascinated by history?  Do you dream of endless sea views far above the crowds? Tiberius’ Villa Jovis on the Isle of Capri is just the place for you!

While tourists fill the shops and beach clubs, Villa Jovis remains tranquil even in high season.  Perfectly suited for adventurous travelers, the villa allows its […]

Pozzuoli International Jazz Day

Pozzuoli International Jazz Day 2019. April 30 and 1 May 2019. 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 […]

Sardinian Hospitality

Sardinian Hospitality.  The best kind of travel reminds us that there is still something of kindness and simplicity in our often chaotic world.  Sometimes we need a true vacation.  A place to discover, where our hardened hearts softly melt into joy.

Sardegna.  Island of wild beauty, history, traditions, flavors unique to the island.  It is […]

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, the ancient historical quarter of Naples where the people live, which has not changed for 500 years. In the fascinating area of Spaccanapoli, there are numerous beautiful churches, cloisters, […]

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, […]