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.

Pozzuoli Jazz Festival Package

Pozzuoli Jazz Festival Package 1 -27 July 2019

If you love jazz as well as all types of music then, this is the place to be! The Pozzuoli Jazz Festival is on every year in July. 22 fabulous concerts of various genres in Campi Flegrei, including Cuma Archaeoloical Park, the Ancient Roman Terme di […]

Pompei Tour with Winery Lunch 466

After meeting your English-speaking driver for the private transfer, we make the short ride to Pompeii, taking in amazing views of Mt. Vesuvius, Isle of Capri, Bay of Naples and Sorrento.

In no time at all you will be Pompei! You can choose a 2 hr or 3 hr tour.
Enjoy an indepth two hour guided […]

Slow Travel in Italy

Planning a holiday is always challenging, if you do not know anything about a country. However as I myself prefer slow travel, I am always amazed how some people seem to have so much energy to want to run around the country in ten days.

I think the reason for this is that, a lot […]

Villa Jovis, on the Isle of Capri

Are you fascinated by history?  Do you dream of endless sea views far above the crowds? Tiberius’ Villa Jovis on the Isle of Capri is just the place for you!

While tourists fill the shops and beach clubs, Villa Jovis remains tranquil even in high season.  Perfectly suited for adventurous travelers, the villa allows its […]

Pozzuoli International Jazz Day

Pozzuoli International Jazz Day 2019. April 30 and 1 May 2019. Piazza della Repubblica, Pozzuoli, Campania

Association of Jazz and Conversation of Campi Flegrei is organising two days dedicated to music, meeting and sharing music in the historical center of Pozzuoli.

Musicians are welcome to play, Show your musical talents to the world.

Come and meet the […]

Sardinian Hospitality

Sardinian Hospitality.  The best kind of travel reminds us that there is still something of kindness and simplicity in our often chaotic world.  Sometimes we need a true vacation.  A place to discover, where our hardened hearts softly melt into joy.

Sardegna.  Island of wild beauty, history, traditions, flavors unique to the island.  It is […]

Elena Ferrante My Brillant Friend 524

Private guided tour of Ellena Ferrante’s My Brillant Friend and books and Spaccanapoli – the ancient quarter of Naples.

Dotted along these street and alleys of Spaccanapoli which has not changed for 500 years, there are numerous beautiful churches, cloisters, artisan workshops, trattorias, and pizzerias, the Church and the Cloister of Santa Chiara, the Church […]

Venice Biennale 2019 Art Italy

The Venice Biennale art exhibition occurs every two years in Venice Italy. Fabulous art exhibitions from all around the world. Each country has its own pavillion. The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, will take place from 11 May to 24 November 2019 (Pre-opening on 8, 9, 10 May).  Art, Film, […]

Pozzuoli Jazz Festival July 2019

Pozzuoli Jazz Festival 20 June-23 July 2019 www.pozzuolijazzfestival.it

Pozzuoli (NA) Campi Flegrei, Campania, Italy

If you are planning a trip to Italy in July, you just have to come to the Pozzuoli Jazz Festival. I cannot rave enough about this incredible festival. The concerts are outstanding with performers from all over the world. see www.pozzuolijazzfestival.it

Pozzuoli is 40 min […]

Why the Italian lifestyle has got it right!

After working with Italians for many years, I cannot help but be jealous of their lifestyle. Every time I return from Italy, I am determined to try to adapt the same routine that I practiced in Italy. The first week I am motivated and keep it up, only to go into slow decline and […]

Bringing Tuscany to Tampa; A Wine Class

Passion for Italy Travel had the special opportunity to host a Wine Class last week in collaboration with Italian Club of Tampa and our favorite winery in the hills of Chianti!

As you can see in other blogs and tour descriptions on our website, this Winery near San Gimignano has given us and our clients […]

Flavio Roman Amphitheatre Pozzuoli

The Flavian Roman Ancient Amphitheater located in Pozzuoli, Campania to the east of Naples, is the third largest in Italy seating up to 50,000 spectators. The gladiators fought here as they did in the Colosseum in Rome. Completed in the late 1st century of the Flavian dynasty.

In 305, the arena was the setting for […]