Balloon in Tuscany offers tourist flights in hot air balloons in the Chianti area where it is based which, thanks to thirty years of experience, have welcomed more than 30,000 passengers.
Flight over San Gimignano:
The Medieval skyline of San Gimignano is a breathtaking sight from the ground and even more so when viewed from a balloon basket on one of our balloon flights. Our balloon rides from San Gimignano take off less than a kilometre from the centre of the town and ensure a wonderful view of the towers and buildings that create one of the most evocative views of the fortified Tuscan hill towns. After the balloon take off the majesty of the medieval towers and its unique architecture will soon appear with all its beauty. Some call it the “Manhattan of the Chianti region”. But you will not only see the town of San Gimignano, all the typical Tuscan countryside will be there to be admired: the vineyards that produce excellent Vernaccia di San Gimignano alternating with olive trees and in the distance the Apennine Mountains with their tops covered by the white Carrara marble from where Michelangelo took the material for his works.
Flight over Chianti:
Thanks to the strategic position of our launch site, you will be able to admire old Tuscan castles and renaissance villas, enjoy aerial views of the old towns of Poggibonsi, Siena, San Gimignano, Col Val D’Elsa and be amazed by the typical Chianti hills, vineyards and woods . On a clear day if we fly high enough you may see the Tirrenean/Mediterranean sea reflecting the morning sun in the distance.
Flight over Siena:
Our hot air balloon ride starts from our launch site, on the edge of Siena. You will soon see Piazza del Campo, the famous medieval square where the “Palio di Siena” is held twice a year. Depending on where the wind will carry us, we could fly right over the city and its fascinating medieval buildings, or, still with the view of the city in the background, we could admire the characteristic fields of Chianti if the breeze is blowing to the north, or again the sweet hills of Crete Senesi if we will be headed south/south-east. In any ot these cases the experience will be unique and unforgettable!
The flight experience begins with balloon ground inflation, a moment that reflects all the charm of the flight… that someone has defined as “the pilot’s Dance”. When everything is ready, it’s time to get in the balloon basket and maybe prepare your camera or gopro.
The flights last from 45 minutes to one hour and a half, during which you can take, thanks also to the sweet pace, splendid pictures of memorable Tuscan landscapes. You will also admire the typical red roofs of the cities and follow the runaway races of the animals in the fields.
The first lights of dawn will create a magical frame effect to the scene that your eyes are witnessing. During the flight you can learn more about the territory and its history from the pilot’s tales. Once landed, we will have breakfast together in the middle of the Chianti countryside with typical Tuscan products (included in the price!).
The crew will take the passengers back to the launch field in one of the courtesy cars.
- Dress in layers, the air is very fresh in the morning.
- Wear comfortable shoes
FLIGHT EXPERIENCE ORGANIZED BY:
Balloon in Tuscany
The meeting point, which is also the take-off point, varies according to the weather conditions and will be communicated after request booking by the organizer of the experience. However, it remains in the San Gimignano area. The exact meeting time will also be communicated later, the departure is for dawn.
BOOKING METHOD AND CANCELLATION TERMS:
- The flight is considered booked with a credit card number as guarantee.
- If the Pilot has to cancel due to wind and/or weather or technical reasons, your flight will be rescheduled to the next mutually convenient day. No flight, no charge.
- If you cancel within one week, a cancellation charge of 25% of the total will be required by Balloon in Tuscany.
- If you do not show up at the airfield, on the day and time established, Balloon in Tuscany will retain the total amount from the credit card provided at the time of booking.
- Passengers with recent lower limb operations and pregnant women are not allowed to fly.
- We do not recommend flying for people with heart problems or back problems.
- Children are allowed to fly over 7 years of age.
Marinione – January 2020
” We were a group of 10 adults (5 in each balloon) and this was one of the best experiences of our trip. Stefano, Gianna and team were great to deal with and would recommend them without hesitation. The views were incredible and the breakfast was outstanding. Pictures and video from the drone were terrific. Thank you for making this a lifetime experience.“