To find Montisi on your map or Google Maps, first locate Pienza in southern Tuscany, about 10 miles west of Montepulciano. Montisi is 8 miles due north of Pienza on the road to Trequanda.
Coming from Rome or Florence on the Autostrada A1, exit at Valdichiana and turn right after paying the toll, following signs to Siena. Join the "Superstrada" and leave it at the next exit, Sinalunga, where you turn left and left again. Go under the bridge and go straight over the next roundabout, and past the AGIP petrol station to the end of the road. Turn right and immediately left, following signs to the Amorosa (a great restaurant!). After half a mile, turn left again after the bridge over the railway. Take the next main turning to the right, signed to Rigaiolo, Asciano, and Trequanda. Follow signs to Trequanda and continue to the next village, Montisi.
Here you do not go into the centre of the village, but follow the ring road (via di Circonvallazione) around and below the village. Take the left turning to Castelmuzio opposite the green rubbish bins. Follow the road down the hill for two minutes as it winds to the right and then to the left. Just before a bend to the right, look out for our hot air balloon sign on the left side of the road. Drive through the gap in the trees and park just inside the field.
Coming from Siena, you should take the main Siena-Perugia road (SS 326) towards Perugia and the Autostrada A1. After about 40 km, you should exit to the right and go through Sinalunga making for Montepulciano or Torrita di Siena. On the outskirts of Sinalunga, take the turning to the right marked to Rigaiolo, Asciano, and Trequanda and continue as above.
Public Transport & Private Transfers
If you are arriving by public transport, your train destination is Sinalunga (change at Chiusi or Arezzo or Siena). You should arrange pick up by our preferred local taxi driver Gianmarco:
Mobile/Cell : +39 338-1868798
3rd Services can also arrange private transfers from a number of locations as far away as Florence. Please contact them directly for rates.
Our launch site does not have toilet facilities; however, there is a public toilet in the centre of Montisi if you require it. Please ensure you have enough time before your flight. The toilet can be found by a small car park just off the main street (Via Umberto 1) in Montisi. It is easiest to find if approaching from the north (the road from Trequanda). Follow signs to the centre of the village and about 250 metres on the right, before a small café and almost opposite La Romita hotel & restaurant, you will find the car park. The toilet is around to the right.
As with any commercial flight, if you miss your flight no refund will be due. If you cannot find the launch site or you think you are going to be late you can try to call the pilot on +39 338 146 2994, but please note that mobile phone signal is not good in the Montisi valley and it may not be possible to delay the launch of the balloon.
Accommodation & Additional Activities
If you are travelling a long distance we would recommend arranging to stay in the Montisi area to make things easier. We would recommend La Romita hotel and restaurant in the centre of Montisi and you can also find other places to stay and things to do at the Montisi website. Please mention Ballooning in Tuscany when you book.
You can also combine your balloon ride in Tuscany with a private tour organised by Antonella Piredda a licensed local guide for Siena and its province. Antonella offers a range of guided tours designed to perfectly follow your morning balloon flight including visits to nearby towns such as Pienza, Montalcino or Montepulciano or other fascinating places of interest such as the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, the Abbey of Sant'Antimo or Sant'Anna in Camprena where the movie The English Patient was filmed. Wine tasting, cheese tasting or olive oil tasting can also be included. Tours last 3 or 5 hours and include Antonella as your guide (English, Italian & Spanish speaking) and transportation.
Visit Antonella's website for more information or call her on +39 0577 845142 or +39 347 4565150.