Meet Our Passion for Italy Team

We have PFI consultants on the ground on three continents.  We love Italy and want to share our Passion for Italy with you.!!

Gemma Green Close
Gemma Green ClosePassion for Italy Travel Director
Gemma Green Close is the founding director and owner of Passion for Italy Travel. Gemma has travelled extensively throughout Italy every for thirty years and is passionate about Italy, the Italian people and culture as well as beautiful accommodation in Italy.

Gemma works between Italy and head office in Australia so spends a lot of time doing the long haul and is by now an expert in the amazing software used to run a business in the cloud between two countries.

She holds a Science degree with Hons in Biochemistry and A.S.D.A letters. She has also studied B.A. majoring in Italian as well as Italian language study in Rome.

Gemma founded Passion for Italy Travel in 2004, to share her expertise with travellers to Italy. She is the writer, editor and publisher of four websites about Italy and has had articles published in newspapers and magazines in Australia on a wide variety of topics. She is an avid reader of all books especially about Italy and is passionate about Italian art, culture archaeology and history.

Lindsay Sinko
Lindsay SinkoPassion for Italy Travel Florida Office, USA
Lindsay began travelling at age four with her parents as they led educational tours throughout Europe.  She was captivated by Italy on her fist visit at the age of fifteen.

Since then, she has served as assistant tour leader on many educational tours.  Lindsay has completed a degree in Italian  from the University of Tennessee. She has studied literature from Dante’s Divine Comedy to Petrarch’s Canzoniere in both English and Italian.

Lindsay has a great passion for Renaissance and Baroque art in Italy, as well as Italian music, Italian wines, and Italian seas that shimmer in the sunlight. 

Sabrina Barro
Sabrina BarroPassion for Italy Travel Italy Office
Sabrina Barro is Italian, lives in Italy near Treviso, north of Venice, in the prosecco wine area of the Veneto region.  Sabrina is our consultant with our Australian, European and British clients and is an expert in her home territory of the Prosecco Wine region, Venice and the Veneto Region.

She has an International Business degree majoring in languages and foreign trade from Ca Foscari university in Venice.
Sabrina speaks four languages – Italian, English, French and Spanish and makes a practice by reading the same book in each of the four languages!! Not bad hey?

Even though Sabrina lives in the “bel paese”, she always appreciative of the wonderful art, culinary tradition and history of her country.

Allison Spiegel
Allison SpiegelPassion for Italy New York Office, USA

Allison Spiegel first fell in love with Italy on her honeymoon more than twenty years ago.  The love affair continues, and her husband knows that Italy is the destination of choice for overseas travel. Together, and with their children, they have explored Italy from Venice to Puglia and in between.

Allison is well-aware of the ingredients necessary to making a trip to Italy a success, especially with kids in tow.  Slow-travel to charming seaside villages, great food authentic to the region (figs, Italian prune plums, zucchini flowers and anything with lemon are some of her favorites), exploring ancient ruins and time to luxuriate and photograph gorgeous vistas are her travel passions.

Allison has a B.A. in Public Communications from American University in Washington, DC. and is an experienced marketing specialist.

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