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.

Caravaggio at the Uffizi, Florence

Florence: New Arrangement Of The Rooms Devoted To Caravaggio And Seventeenth-Century Painting At The Uffizi Gallery.

The eight rooms on the first floor of the eastern wing of the Uffizi opened with a new layout devoted to Caravaggio and the painting of the 17th century on February 19, 2018.

The names of the eight rooms are […]

Frecce Train Categories Italy

Trenitalia is Italy’s national train company and PFI books the high speed Frecce trains that travel between the major capital cities of each region.

The Frecce has the following categories going up in price accordingly.

Standard, Premium, Business ,Business Salottino (little rooms), Business Area Silenzio, Executive.

The price of trains change every day like flights so we […]

Cinque Terre Guided Trek 468

Guided walk for four hours from Vernazza to Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Ligura.  Meet in Vernazza at 9.00 am
A beautiful path with stunning views, this is the most tiring stretch of the n° 2 path. You will exit Vernazza village through via Ettore, and start climbing up towards the cemetery. Flanking the cemetery, one walks […]

Snowing in Rome

The eternal city is covered in snow. See these amazing drone shots.

Siena Cooking Wine 117

Just outside Siena, a taste sensation cooking course, with wine tasting to accompany your Tuscan meal which you have cooked yourself. Taught by experienced chefs who have a knowledge of Tuscan flavours deep inside them. Located in Tuscany on a wine and olive oil estate in the Chianti Wine Region.

At the end of the cooking class, you will celebrate with […]

Verdi Opera Festival Parma

Verdi Opera Festival, Parma, Emilia Romagna
27 Sept-21 Oct 2018

For lovers of Verdi’s operas this festival in Parma and Busseto, Emilia Romagna is a classical music delight. There are many concerts to choose from see below. Contact Passion for Italy Travel for accommodation bookings.

FESTIVAL VERDI 2018 OFFICIAL PROGRAMME

MACBETH
27 September, 5, 11, 18 October 2018
Teatro Regio […]

Bologna Motor Show

Ideal for the car lover on your trip to Italy – the Bologna Motor Show Italy is exhibited for a week in December every year in Bologna the capital of the region of Emilia Romagna. If you are a car maniac or part of a car club, this is the exhibition in Italy for you.  Organise […]

Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna is famous throughout the world because of the great Parmigiano Reggiano, the parmesan cheese made in Parma, the balsamic vinegar of Modena, Ferrari cars of Modena and also because of its fabulous salamis and prosciutto ham. Parma has a saying: “The pig is like Verdi’s music, there’s nothing to throw away.”

This region […]

Lake Como Day Tour 267

Day Trip to Lake Como in Italy’s beautiful Lake District, departing from Milan. Nestled between the huge snowcapped Alps that rise up from its shores, is fashionable lakeside town Como.

After spending time shopping and dining, you will take a two-hour panoramic cruise on Lake Como to the enchanting village of Bellagio (summer only) or take the […]

Montepulciano Mosaic Artist, Tuscany

I have always loved Montepulciano in the Val d’Orcia Tuscany. I visit every year. It is the perfect village – picturesque, pretty, medieval and on top of a hill, has the best red wine Brunello di Montepulciano in Tuscany, and also the best cheese and salami. What more could you want…It is also full […]

Italianisms, Moda da dire and the Italian Crazy Way

Working with Italians everyday and visiting them every year for twenty years, they never cease to make me laugh with their ways and sayings. The Italian language is very beautiful and their proverbs and idioms when translated are so very funny. One of my favourite is when someone is cranky or angry you say […]

Quote by Pablo Neruda

Lentamente muore chi non viaggia,
chi non legge,
chi non ascolta musica,
chi non trova grazia in se stesso.

He who does not travel,
he who does not read,
he who does not listen to music,
he who does not find forgiveness in himself,
slowly dies.

Pablo Neruda