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.

Where Location Meets Charm in Florence

Where Location meets Charm in Florence:  Florence, the city of art, fashion, and Dante Alighieri, never ceases to enamor her visitors.  Stay in a centrally located medieval tower for the best introduction to the city’s charms.

Most visitors to Florence arrive by train, and from the station in about 10 minutes a taxi will deliver […]

Italy Travel – Away from the Crowds

Italy is now very popular as a travel destination throughout the whole world. If you dislike crowds I suggest you travel in Autumn and winter as the summers are also very hot as well as very crowded in the summer holidays.

Passion for Italy has some great suggestions for you where to go to escape […]

A Welcoming Retreat in the Heart of Tuscany

A Welcoming Retreat in the Heart of Tuscany:

Driving up the little road to reach the Borgo, one can already feel the stress of life melting away into ancient landscapes framed in cypress trees.  Peace begins to saturate your soul.

The moment you arrive, the smiling faces of Doriana and Ditmira welcome you home in this […]

Wine Tasting Lunch, Mt. Vesuvius

Wine Lunch in the Vineyards of Mt. Vesuvius: After touring Pompeii, I always find myself ready for a nice, relaxing glass of wine!  Maybe it’s because of all the pots we’ve just seen used to store the wine in ancient times, or maybe the tired feet!

Either way, there is no better way to rejuvenate […]

A Private Tour of Pompeii

A Private Tour of Pompeii with your own knowledgeable guide is the best way to experience the incredible archaeological site.

Meet your guide and skip the lines, then prepare yourself to dive into the history. With Mt. Vesuvius looming over head, your guide will help you to picture it the way it looked before the […]

Getting There: Naples to the Amalfi Coast

Treat yourself to a breathtaking journey from Naples to the Amalfi Coast with your own private driver!

Getting to the Amalfi Coast from Naples can be either the most stressful part, or the most enjoyable part of your vacation.  To make sure it’s the best part, let us book you a wonderful, friendly driver and […]

Baia Archaeological Park, Campi Flegrei

The Roman Archaeological park of Baia in Campi Flegrei, Campania east of Naples, is a must see if you love archaeology. It is outstanding and contains two amazing things, the ancient Roman Cistern – the Temple of Mercury and a tree that has grown upside down from the top of one of the caves […]

Venice Tintoretto Exhibition

Venice Italy 7th September 2018 to 6th January 2019. To Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto (one of the most important Venetian Painters! 1519-1594) the city of Venice in collaboration with Musei civici, Washington’s National Art Gallery, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and Curia of Venice will organise a major […]

My Passion, Italy

Part of moving to a new city and getting to know people is telling them what you do, and in some cases why you do it.  When asked that question, I say simply because it’s My Passion, Italy.

But, it’s bigger than that.  When I was four years old my mom began taking me to […]

The Senses in Italy: Sites to See

Sites in Italy:

Italy has a strange affect on its visitors. Among millennia of history, life, and beauty there, the senses in Italy become heightened.

In Italy, you begin to experience sights, scents, tastes, touches, sounds, as if you’ve never felt them before. This month, we’ll focus on all of them, starting of course with beauty […]

Florence – City of Culture

When I  work in Florence to make contact with the wonderful staff of the Passion for Italy Florentine hotels, I just love simply to stroll around the center and look up at the magnificent architecture.  I must say I think that Florence is taking over number one stance rivalling Roma as my favourite city in Italy.!!

I […]

Cuma Archaeological Park Campi Flegrei

Cuma Archaeological Park at Cuma, north west of Naples in the province of Bacoli, is a huge archaeological park the site of the first Greek colony on mainland Italy (Sicily is older) thought to be around 800-1200 BC. Below is a video filmed by Pozzuoli Jazz Festival where you can see the enormity and […]