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We had four days to spend in Italy and Sabrina was able to organise a trip that covered everything on our wish list and make it happen in a short time and within our budget, something we had been unable to organise with local travel agents here or by ourselves.

She organised our stay in authentic Italian hotels, arranged the wonderful guide in Naples for a walking tour, and the fabulous driver for the trip to the Amalfi coast. Nothing was too much trouble and we can’t recommend her highly enough. Thanks for giving such a lovely time.

2019 April, Peter & Jane, Sydney Australia

On behalf of my husband, and our three friends, I want to take the time to “Thank you” for your assistance, in creating a trip of a “lifetime”!!!
The hotel selections were fabulous!!! We always found ourselves enjoying a great view, in a great location that allowed us to walk out, and enjoy Italy!!!

The organized tours, “Mamma Mia”!!! There are no words to describe our gratitude, as our tour guides went to great lengths to be sure that we observed the best spots, obtained the smallest detail on all historical sites, and got us front row seats to be able to take it all in!!! “Mama Bear” was our favorite guide!!
Lindsay, you managed to find the right fit, on all of our Bed & Breakfast stays. We met wonderful people, and they gladly helped us enjoy the true “Italy”!!! They all went above and beyond, and made us feel as a part of their family.

Even the car rental had been wonderfully orchestrated. Our car was delivered on schedule, and they spent a long time, demonstrating all benefits/functions of the car, and even backed it onto the street – you know that was appreciated!!! How we made it to Salerno without an accident – I will never know, as my eyes were closed, and I was not breathing!!! Once we got to Salerno, all was good. Countless U-turns, and “re-calculating” along the way….lol!!!

One of the very first surprises that we experienced in Naples, was our surprise meeting with Gemma. How marvelous to meet her, and enjoy the tour of the famous cisterns together!!! Lindsay, we were always certain that you put us in the right hands, as it was a piece of cake maneuvering through Italy with all of the written material you emailed us. Although it is different for all, our group discovered so much more about Italy, thanks to that rental car. I am sure we drove through 1000 tunnels, and 11000 round-a-bouts.

It is often said – “……travel is an education…”
You made it possible for us to live that.
We have taken with us more memorable sites than a mind can hold, more historical data that can be read about on “Google”, and an experience that was second to none.

I hope that my friends will also reach out to you, and thank you for your hard work, and endless responses to “help-me” text messages….at alll hours of day or night!!!
We are so glad we had the nerve to venture out to discover Italy, and so glad that we had you by our side every step of the way.
I raise a glass of wine to you, and your company!!! Saluti!!!!

May our paths cross again in the very near future!!!
Wishing all of you a successful week!!  

2018 October, L. Brewer, Saskatoon, Canada

Dear Sabrina, Mark and I wanted to express our appreciation for the wonderful trip you planned for us. Everything was seamless and we loved all of your recommendations for the locations, accommodation and tours etc. The bespoke planning with so many different experiences of our passion for great food, wine and soaking up the culture made for an unforgettable time.

Every aspect of the trip exceeded our expectations but Positano, Ravello and the Cooking Course, the Wine Tour – Brunello Wine and our time in Rome at the Relais were a particular highlight – including the foodie tour in Rome.

Thanks again Sabrina. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you and your services to anyone travelling to Italy.
We can’t wait for another trip! 

September 2018, Fiona Chapman, Brisbane, Australia

The trip was wonderful!  We loved Italy and everything you set up for us was spot on.  Our apartment locations ending up being perfect and we never had to get a taxi.  Walked almost 13 miles the day we went to the Vatican.  Needed more time in Pompeii – but needed an extra day which we didn’t have.  We will definitely return to Rome some day – you just can’t absorb it all. Thank you so much for making sure it all worked right.  Back to work…

2018 June, J. Wise & Family, Oxford, New York, USA

Lindsay with Passion for Italy was a dream travel planner. She immediately understood the type of vacation my mom and I wanted to plan and was invaluable throughout the entire process.

We had never been to Italy before, and it was intimidating beginning to plan this on our own. We are so thankful we chose PFI. Lindsay was able to book all of our hotels and make recommendations for everything from coffee shops to full day tours.

We asked her tiny little details about luggage and plug ins and how to get cash and when to watch out for pickpockets – she got back to us within 12 hours each time. When we plan our next trip, though we’ll have more experience, we still plan on using PFI. I can’t imagine travelling to Italy without their expertise! Worth every penny. 

2018 April, Hannah & Tami, Siloam Springs, Arkansas USA

Dear Lindsay, I want to thank you so much for everything you did helping me plan our vacation to Italy. This was one of the best family vacations we have had (and we have had some great ones). Your advice was spot on from the hotels, transportation, to the tours we took. I had not used a travel agent before in the past but you exceeded all my expectations.

You can tell you have actually been to each of the cities and you know your stuff. Your detailed information on each of the cities were so helpful. Bill really appreciated the running information you provided on each city. You were awesome!

The arrangements for transportation to and from the airport, the water taxi in Venice, the trains to both Venice and Florence were wonderful and saved us a lot of time and worry. We loved the hotels in both Venice and Florence. The Venice Hotel with Seaview  in Venice was gorgeous! We loved the sea view. The staff at the hotel were wonderful. We ate in the restaurant on the top floor overlooking the water and it was one of the best meals of the trip. Our private tour of St Mark’s Basilica and The Palace Doge in Venice were great!

Florence I think was our favourite City. Again, another great hotel – Hotel in Medici Tower– These were the best rooms. It was wonderful that our family was in a suite that allowed us to be together but still have separate rooms. We loved just strolling thru this city. The private tour was fabulous! The statue of David was spectacular, pictures do not do this justice. Our tour guide was fantastic giving us great advice on a couple of restaurants that locals use.

Rome was great, also. My favourite tour was the Colosseum and the Forum. It was so interesting to be able to go below the Colosseum were the gladiators were at. This was our favorite tour guide. He was awesome and again we were given great advice on restaurants off the tourist track and one of our better meals.

Even though it was early, the Vatican Tour was well worth the early morning. Again being able to skip the long line was wonderful. We were able to take our time going through the museum and it was not nearly as crowded in the Sistine Chapel, as it was when my daughter did the tour with her class. Saint Peter’s was incredible . My husband and the girls were able to go up to the top.

Overall, I can’t say enough about our trip. You really listened to what we wanted to do and came up with the perfect itinerary. In all three cities, after our tours, we were able to stroll at our leisure, stop in churches in the squares and view amazing paintings, eat when we wanted to at some fabulous restaurants. We were able to see a lot but also able to relax and just enjoy the trip.

My daughter says we need to make a trip to the Amalfi Coast, so I may be calling you again. I wish you also booked Scotland and Ireland. Thanks again,  

2018 March, Patsy, Nashville, Tennessee,USA

Hi Gemma

Thanks for everything, we loved every minute of the trip. It’s hard being back at work (!!).

I believe Mum has replied, and we all agree with her feedback. Below are my thoughts regarding the other places …

Rome Hotel … Nice spacious apartment, helpful staff, great location.

Positano Hotel … I can’t fault it! Greg & I thoroughly enjoyed our stay – helpful, friendly staff, great location & views, comfortable room. It was definitely a highlight of our trip.

Naples Hotel… Great location, friendly staff.

But we loved the Spaccanapoli tunnels & theatre – We really enjoyed the walking tour in Spaccanapoli, Napoli with Antonio

– All transfers were great, very comfortable, helpful drivers- Sarah was so helpful. She rescheduled our Path of the Gods walk due to rain, which was really helpful. We loved the walk … And it was a glorious day. The fattoria at the end was amazing – delicious food and great views.

Rome Hotel …helpful staff, very comfortable rooms, nice being so close to the Colosseum!

Thanks again for your help! Cheers Eliza

Hello Gemma,
Many thanks for organizing us such a wonderful Italy experience. Everything went smoothly, and exceeded our expectations. Tivoli good but rushed. Vatican good, great getting into Sistine before the crowds, bought a book so I could get it clear in my head! Car worked out well, as did Tuscany.

Cinque Terre excellent, the hotel was good with good breakfasts, but noisy. Girls managed to get their room changed. Most of the noise was from a group of Germans who thundered their way back from dinner each night, and we didn’t hear it but girls said the staff getting breakfast ready were noisy. Hey it is Italy and they are gregarious and loud. Howard and I completed Monterosso to Vernazza walk, girls went on to Corniglia. Took ferry to Porto Vernere, a real find and not too many tourists. Manarola our favourite CT town.

Loved Bellagio, the hotel superb, wonderful lake view. It changed colours all the time! Milan great, your Passion for Italy hotel the best, staff could not do enough for us. Enjoyed Last Supper, and La Scala, as there was a show on we didn’t see the auditorium, but they gave us tickets for the next day and we went back at 9am and pretty much had the museum and auditorium to ourselves. On the recommendation of a girl in a shoe shop we took a taxi to the canal area and had a great dinner of pizza and pasta.

Loved Venice, walked lots, crossed lots of canals, went to Burano, Murano, Torcello. Helen and I did a tour of La Fenice and even sat in on some brass guys rehearsing, special. Venice hotel – excellent owner very attentive. Howard and my room overlooked Campo de Leon, bit noisy as there were some restaurants there, but all quiet about 10pm.

Train trips all went well, most were somewhat “retardo” but as we didn’t have connections it did not worry us. That’s Italy. We did lots of walking, Helen’s fitbit recorded us at 18km sometimes! Thanks again, best wishes from Howard and Jan Bale, Brisbane, Australia

April 2016 Howard and Jan Bale, Brisbane, Australia
A wonderful seven week opera trip in Italy, organised and orchestrated by the knowledgeable and ever helpful Gemma!
Ifor and Catherine, Brisbane, Australia
Gemma’s suggested itinerary and careful planning resulted in a wonderful, month long holiday in Italy with no hassles. There were many highlights. One of the best was the week we spent in Umbria. We loved the history and the art and met some very interesting people.
John and Chris, Newcastle, Australia
Our trip went without a hitch, no dramas at any point. The accommodation Gemma booked, was exactly as she had described and each place we stayed in was clean and friendly.
Karen and Sarah Hislop, Ipswich, Australia
Our accommodation was wonderful. The connection with the apartment contact in each situation was easy and smooth. The apartments were in great locations and clean. Passion for Italy did a great job for us!
Chris and Family, Sydney
It was GREAT! It was MARVELOUS!! It was a BLAST!!! Thank you sooo much for your time and effort that made our vacation a memorable experience. With endless requests coming from our big family and you tried to accommodate all of them, definitely it was everyone dream-come-true holiday.  Everything was so neatly and carefully organized, and all fit our needs and requirements and standards. I can not thank you enough and I always feel blessed remembering when I decided to choosing you as our organizer for the trip. Truthfully, you have made our vacation beautiful and memorable.
Amelia, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Gemma Green Close
Gemma Green ClosePFI CEO
Gemma Green Close is the founding CEO and owner of Passion for Italy Travel. She is the author and editor of and has set up a business in the cloud over three continents. She is Australian, has a degree in Biochemisty and  has studied Italian language and travelled extensively throughout Italy every for thirty years. Gemma is passionate about Italy, especially the Italian people, the food,  Italian history, art and archaeology. She works between Naples in Italy and head office in Brisbane, Australia.
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Lindsay SinkoPFI USA
Lindsay works from Florida, USA.  Lindsay earned a degree in Italian in 2009 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. 
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Sabrina BarroPFI Australia Europe England
Sabrina is Italian, has a degree in international trade from the University of Venice, speaks four languages. She lives in Italy near Treviso, north of Venice, in the prosecco wine area of the Veneto region and so is an expert particularly in this area.. Sabrina manages our Australian, European and British clients and is passionate about her country.

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