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.

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

Snow in Italy this Christmas

Christmas is a time of many different experiences for many different people. Once when we were children we thought Santa came to all the children of the world. It is only as an adult that I realised that this was not the case and that for many children of the world they do not […]

A Villa in Tuscany

A week in Tuscany is simply a wonderful holiday. To book a villa or apartment even if there is only two of you, is one of the best things you can do when travelling around Italy. It gives you time out from the chaos of the crowds and hussle and bussle of the big […]

Aeolian Islands Sicily – a Tranquil Holiday

Salina on the Aeolian Islands  of Sicily –  a beautiful two bedroom villa.

The summer in Italy in July and August as in all of the beach holiday places in Europe are now overrun with tourists and holiday makers. If you wish to escape from traffic and masses of people on the Italian beaches- then […]