Il Gusto


Welcome to 'Il Gusto del Paese'
- A Taste of the Country!

Il Gusto del Paese is a small, privately owned company focused on making your vacation experience in Umbria special. The right property for you and a level of service tailored to support your desire.


A vacation in Umbria offers something for everyone - historical tours, wine tastings, specialty shopping, nature walks or just relaxing by the pool.  


Why choose Il Gusto del Paese?

In a single word, the answer would be service. We have a select list of properties on our website and we know each property and property owner.  Whether you are looking for a private luxury villa in the countryside, a town apartment or a Bed & Breakfast, we want to recommend a property that meets your criteria. We also know the region. We live in Umbria year round. Should we not have a property available to meet your request we will try to offer you other recommendations.


About Us

Il Gusto del Paese was founded by Susan Evans in 2003.  Initially, offering her private 17th c. villa, Fondo Le Teglie, to family, friends and guests, Susan took great pleasure in assisting visitors and offering suggested itineraries. Guests loved the combination of local knowledge and the comfort of having an English speaker available when needed. 


Susan EvansAs the word spread, Susan would receive requests for her services as well as for advice on other accommodation in the region, town apartments or bed & breakfasts and if Fondo Le Teglie was not available or suitable, other villa recommendations.


Susan's passion is Umbria; her desire is for every visitor to have an exceptional experience in the region thus, the expanded service of Il Gusto Del Paese evolved naturally from her dream.


Susan is originally from Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. and has lived in Europe for over 15 years.  Having experienced many self-catered property vacations in Italy and France, Susan developed a vision of the 'ideal' vacation experience - from property amenities to services. Susan has found a wonderful balance for guests to enjoy the benefits of a private property and the convenience of services.





“I wanted to create a place you could come home to.”


One day during a two week holiday in Italy, I started the day with an early morning run. When I reached the top of a small hill, I sat for a moment and took in the view. I saw rolling hills, farmers working the land, beautiful old castles and farm houses, vineyards and olive groves. It was almost more than one could take in.


On this day, my dream began to take shape and having a place in Italy for family, friends and guests to share was the base of this dream.


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