When I booked my ticket to the Travel Bloggers Unite conference, I expected nothing more than a “typical” conference.
You know … speed networking events, inspirational key note speakers, thought provoking panel discussions and gift bags filled with mints, notebooks and pens. Actually, the conference was all of this but it was also so much more.
Set at the Valle Di Assisi Hotel and Resort, the conference kicked off with a “Welcome to Umbria“ event that began with a procession of costumed flag throwers, drummers and trumpeters who put on amazing medieval styled show against the backdrop of a stunning Umbrian landscape and sunset.
Initially, I had no idea what the festivities held in store but when I stumbled across the performance group Compagnia Sbandieratori e Musici di Città della Pieve practicing, I knew I was on to something good.
After leaving where the company’s practice area, I walked around the resort grounds waiting for their show to begin. The rather romantic setting seemed almost too beautiful to be real …
The procession than began with the company marching towards the area where everyone was gathered waiting.
Then the performance began. It was like that scene from Under The Tuscan Sun coming to life where the young Polish man takes up at the art of flag throwing to prove his love to his Italian girlfriend. Swoon!
No sooner than it started, it was over and the group was walking away.
The performance was both musically and visually stunning. There was simply no better way to start off TBU than this.