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You will visit a first-class winery and taste the best selection of Tuscan wines (Chianti DOCG, Chianti Classico, Chianti Riserva, Supertuscan, Brunello, Nobile, Pinot..). Lunch or Dinner there are included. Drive Through Tuscany!
You can fly like the wind in a mode which preserves the romanticism and adventure spirit of the art of flying. Rise up gently from the ground and discover Tuscany from an alternative perspective! We are pleased to be in a “position” to offer you Tuscany from another perspective, a privileged point of view: a Hot-Air Balloon.
This unique experience will enable you to rise gently from the ground, be borne along by a gentle breeze above the Tuscan landscape, discover from a bird’s-eye point of view the historical towns and splendid vineyards which have in part created the legend of this breath-taking terrain. This is power of imagination – which comes true! You can fly like the wind in a mode which preserves the romanticism and adventure spirit of the art of flying.
The experience starts from the inflation of the balloon at ground level, a moment which has all the anticipation of flying…defined by one observer “the Pilot-dance”. Once the balloon is ready, it’s time to jump up into the basket and prepare one’s camera…We fly in the early morning (6:00 AM) just after dawn. The inflation takes about 45 minutes, and the flight approximately 1 hour depending on wind and weather conditions.
After landing we load the balloon back onto the retrieving vehicles trailer which follows the balloon throughout the flight. Once the balloon is packed away we move on to enjoy a marvellous champagne breakfast with local produce. After breakfast we drive back to the launch field. The whole adventure takes about three and a half hours.
Rides last from 45 minutes to one and a half hours, during which, thanks also to smooth flying conditions, you may take the opportunity to shoot wonderful images of exclusively Tuscan landscape: admire the infamous “red-roofed” towns and follow the course of bashful wild animals taking “flight” in the fields below… The first light of dawn creates the magic frame for the scene your eyes are observing.
While flying above you can learn about the terrain and its history from the Pilot’s (tall) tales. At the end of the tour, having had a smooth landing, and following in the tradition of Hot Air Balloon fans, the success of the flight shall be celebrated with a glass of champagne and breakfast!
Now comes a sumptuous brunch, comprising traditional Tuscan “peasant” food and drink – nourishment of the soul – you will have the opportunity to taste some products typical of the area just visited from “on high”, thus feasting not only eyes with the beauty of our magnificent land.
It is believed that Leonardo Da Vinci was the first to discover the hot-air “rising” syndrome. But the real pioneers of hot air balloon flying were the brothers Montgolfier who developed the discovery of hydrogen, and worked on its potential to be generated.The first experiments and public exhibitions took place during the period of the French Enlightment, leaving speechless masses of onlookers and scientists.
When, in 1783, the first balloon floated above the capital, the French public went into a frenzy. This balloon, comprising almost 4 metres in diameter, rose to an altitude of 900 metres and landed smoothly at a distance of 20 kilometres, the zone where today is located Charles De Gaulle Airport.
The Associazione Aerostatica Toscana is a ballooning club aimed at promoting Hot Air Ballooning. We offer the experience for yourself, a memory-of-a-lifetime flight in a hot air balloon over the Chianti countryside! Associazione Aerostatica Toscana is also a school for whoever wishes to learn the Art of Ballooning.