HOW WE operate - Italian Travel design

GemmaPassion for Italy is an Italian Travel Agency & Consultancy for Italian Travel and Culture. We are Italian Travel Designers, experts in Italy, specialize in Italy only, & have travelled to Italy for over 20  years.  We offer you a wealth of experience working with Italian tourism and speak Italian. 

The Philosophy of Passion for Italy Travel is to enable you to spend a relaxing holiday in Italy with the concept of slow travel in Italy to soak up the Italian culture, the flavours, food and wine and artisan craftsmanship, that is unique to Italy. 

Fill out the Booking Enquiry form and we will contact you or phone us  1300 117 027

We will generate a list of ideas of where you want to go: e.g. exploring the famous art galleries of Florence, staying in beautiful hotels or meeting the Italian people in a home stay in the vineyards of the Veneto countryside, a luxury hideaway to de-stress in the natural spa waters in the heart of Tuscany or a  romantic retreat for a Honeymoon in Venice..


When you become a client of Passion for Italy Travel you will receive the following great Benefits that others do not offer:-

-We are qualified Experts with 20 yrs experience travelling in Italy and specialize in Italy only. All our consultants have tertiary qualifications.

-We will give you a wealth of Information about what to see & do in Italy.-You will have Personalized Service with  access to your own personal Italian travel consultant who will follow you through to completion.

-We are committed to old fashioned service, with one on one consultations via skype video consultation, Mac Facetime or phone with follow up calls  until you are completely satisfied with your Italian Itinerary. 

-We speak Italian, travel around Italy every year and communicate directly with our Italian Business owners and try to personally view all accommodation  in Italy, to guarantee exceptional personalized Italian service. 

-Design a Customized Italian Itinerary uniquely designed for your cultural and holiday interests .

-Beautiful high quality Accommodation in Italy that we have personally inspected so we know the standard that you will be booking. You can view all our Villas & Apartments in Italy in beautiful pictures and once you are committed to booking with us, we will give you a password to view our beautiful hotels.

-Book Cultural Boutique Day Tours Italy, Half Day Walking Tours in Italy, Museum Guides, Concerts in Italy that suit your interests.

-Access via a password on to all the hidden Information exclusive to clients only!, our exclusive Catalogue of beautiful Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts, Passion for Italy Travel guides, Festivals and Events, Where to Shop in Italy and the latest best quality restaurants in the areas you wish to travel.  Fill out the Booking Enquiry so we can help you organise your trip to Italy.


Our mission statement is to be of absolute service to our clients; To offer them the most wonderful holiday in Italy where they can discover experiences that make their souls sing. We only work with great Italians who have flair and creativity; who have great businesses that offer outstanding accommodation and excellent tour operators.

Passion for Italy is part of the Buy1 Give1 because we believe that we are all on this planet together and by uniting together we can help alleviate unnecessary suffering. If every business  on the earth gave 50c out of every sale poverty would soon be reduced.


DirectorGemma Green Close is the founding director of Passion for Italy Travel, has been travelling in Italy every year for twenty years.  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.  

Italy and its people, the history, language and culture, (as well as the food), has always been her passion which she developed into a business in 2004, to share her source of knowledge with travellers to Italy. 

Gemma is the editor and publisher of, Passion for Italy Blog  ,, and has had articles published in newspapers and magazines on a wide variety of topics. She is an avid reader of all books about Italy and  particularly Italian history.



Lisa Kurtz is our client manager, has a business degree B.Com UNSW Sydney, She has lived in Italy for a year and travels to Italy every year. Lisa speaks fluent Italian.

She is a brilliant photographer and has a passionate interest in photographing beautiful things in Italy - see her photos of Italy

Lisa leads photographic workshop tours in Italy every May and Sept - see Boutique Travel Photography Tour under Tours and Packages.

Book one now and get the early bird special.



 Sabrina Barro is Italian,  lives in Italy near Treviso in Veneto region.

 Sabrina works in our Passion for Italy Office in Italy.

 She has an International Business degree majoring in languages and foreign  trade from Ca Foscari in Venice. 

 Sabrina speaks  four languages - Italian, English, French and Spanish.

 Sabrina writes for the Passion for Italy blog in Italian as well as managing our  European and British clients. Sabrina is currently expecting her first baby so is taking maternity leave but is always on hand to help.

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



Giulio Zappa is Italian from Ancona, Marche. 

He has a masters degree from Universita Politecnica delle Marche in international economics and foreign trade . Giulio speaks three languages.

His interests foreign languages and enjoys travel, swimming,

soccer and music. 

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