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.

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 […]

A Weekend in Milan

A Weekend in Milan is a fantastic experience.  I was in Milano recently and was very impressed with the city. It had been a number of years since I had last visited and I was pleasantly surprised.  There were a lot more trees than I remembered – large oaks lining the streets and many […]

Why You Need a Travel Agent for Italy

Why you need a travel agent to book Italy! As I can’t sing my own praises and why you should use Passion for Italy Travel- believe Forbes Magazine USA ! Read article HERE

Pinocchio Italy

Pinocchio Italy, do you know the story?  The town of Pescia, is an Italian city in the province of Pistoia, Tuscany, central Italy. It is located in a central zone between the cities Lucca and Florence, on the banks of the homonymous river.  Pescia celebrates the birthday of Pinocchio at the end of May, […]

Bagno Vignoni Tuscany

I have been visiting Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany – this tiny, tiny place for almost twenty years. What’s so special? Let me share…

Bagno Vignoni is a thermal spring, dating back to Ancient Roman times. Whilst no longer in use, the thermal pool forms almost a “piazza” in which the stone buildings ripple in the reflections. […]

Sting Playing in Mantova Italy

Sting Concert in Mantova, (Mantua), Lombardia, Italy – Piazza Sordello, Mantova July 28 2017

Pienza Tuscany

Pienza, Tuscany, is a tiny town in the middle of the Val d’Orcia region. It’s ideal for a morning or afternoon visit. The centre of Pienza was almost completely re-designed in the fifteenth century by Pope Pius II. He was born in the village, when it was known as Corsignano, and when elected Pope […]

Lucio Dalla and his song “Caruso”

One of my favourite Italian singers died in 2012 – Lucio Dalla. I have many of his cds and I was very sad to hear of his passing. Such a passionate and emotional singer. Why did I not go to his concert in Rome two years before! We never know when one of us […]

Tradition of Presepe Italy

In Tuscany, I love the Tradition of Presepe.  The nativity scenes in Tuscan homes are handmade by each family anew every year. It is a creative activity each Christmas to make it a little bit special or different. I love the individual touches and the little ones especially enjoy this. Such a beautiful tradition.

They […]

St. Valentine’s Day Rome

We thought we would share our perfect St. Valentine’s Day Rome to commemorate the city’s special connection to love and romance.

Not many visitors to the eternal city know that the real Saint Valentine was a Roman priest in the third century AD, during the rule of Emperor Claudius II. (More about Valentine at the […]