Flag Throwing Men In Tights? Welcome To Umbria!

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 CittΓ  della Pieve practicing, I knew I was on to something good.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

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 …

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

The procession than began with the company marching towards the area where everyone was gathered waiting.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

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!

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event

No sooner than it started, it was over and the group was walking away.

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event

TBU's Welcome To Umbria Event

The performance was both musically and visually stunning. There was simply no better way to start off TBU than this.

Founder of cherylhoward.com. Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.

18 Comments

  1. There are some really nice shots here, I went traveling 15 years ago when i graduated but since I did that I have not so much as been on holiday, I need to get back into it, I have managed to save some cash so definitely think its time for me to think about getting away again! Thanks for relighting the fire and awakening the long sleeping travel bug.

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