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 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 […]

Family Winery in the Heart of Chianti

In the verdant hills of the Chianti region of Tuscany, medieval towers and rows of grapevines paint a scene out of a Tuscan dream.

Whether you dream of learning to cook like an Italian nonna or prefer to leave the cooking to the experts and enjoy the wine, we have just the place for you.

The […]

Discovering Brunello in Tuscany

Discovering Brunello wines with your own Sommelier may just be best decision you make on your trip to Italy!

Staying in exquisite Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany means waking up to fresh air and the lingering scent of bread in the oven.  Delicious aromas wafting up and views for miles just beg for a glass […]

The Vatican City: A Fascinating Tour

The Vatican City is without question a highlight of Rome.  For Catholics and non, it is a mesmerizing maze of art, architecture, and the Catholic Faith.

Here, a guide is essential, but there are so many, and all tours are not created equal.

At PFI Travel, we recommend an Early Morning VIP Tour so that you […]

Encouragement from Amalfi

We all need a bit of Encouragement sometimes… I found this beautiful poem in the gift shop of the paper museum in Amalfi, and fell in love with it immediately.  Anyone who has faced and overcome challenges can relate to this, so I wanted to translate it and share.

To me this line is just […]

Friendly Service, Sea Views, & Under the Tuscan Sun Charm in Positano

Friendly Service, Sea Views, and Under the Tuscan Sun Charm in Positano; this is one of our favorite hotels in the Amalfi Coast, and it’s more affordable than you might expect!

No doubt many Americans’ dreams of Positano were born, like mine, in the movie theater watching Under the Tuscan Sun.

Remember the scene where Frances […]

Idyllic Guesthouse Near Rome’s Piazza di Spagna

Discover one of our favorite places to stay in the Eternal City, an Idyllic Guesthouse Near Rome’s Piazza di Spagna.

Isn’t it a dream, to turn the key and walk inside your historic home just steps from Piazza di Spagna?

We can help that dream come true when we book for you this elegant guesthouse, a […]

Bringing Ancient Rome to Life

Think of Ancient Rome and one monument immediately comes to mind conjuring images of gladiators and exotic creatures, emperors and a roaring crowd.

The Colosseum is a place everyone should see in Rome, but to really grasp all that happened there and in the Roman Forum, you need the expertise and enthusiasm of an excellent […]

Welcome to Rome: Orientation to Rome Tour

A Private Orientation to Rome Tour.  Rome is a city that immediately captivates its visitors.  History is everywhere you look, but the way it effortlessly mingles with life today makes the city so very special.

To really feel the personality of Rome, we recommend an orientation tour with a private guide.

While it is perfectly possible […]