05/14/2015 02:52 pm ET | Updated May 14, 2016

Fabulous Flag Flourishes

Visiting agriturismos and countryside B&Bs listed in my Italy guidebook, I was impressed by how much fun the hosts were. Here, Franco of Frances' Lodge (a B&B just outside of Siena) jumped at an opportunity to show off his flag skills. And then today, while writing in my downtown Siena hotel room, I could hear drums and drill teams out my window -- it was school kids practicing the same moves Franco has had down now for 50 years.