Welcome to Ballooning in Tuscany!
You have done well to find us! We offer you a unique experience of a real Tuscany, an old Tuscany, a Tuscany as yet almost untouched by tourism. Our ballooning experience will leave you with treasured memories to keep Tuscany fresh for you all year. See Tuscany from above, and then we can chat over a champagne breakfast and help you discover more of Tuscany from ground level.
Ballooning in Tuscany is licensed in Italy for commercial passenger balloon flights by both the British and Italian Civil Aviation Authorities. Our pilots are professionals with Commercial Balloon Pilot Licenses and many hundreds of hours of experience—so you are in safe hands.
The Ballooning in Tuscany idea started in 1990 with the formation of the Discovery Club which promoted the sport in the central Tuscany area near Siena, about 50 miles south of Florence. Italians have taken to the idea although many of our airborne adventurers are British, German, Swiss, American, Canadian, Brazilian, Australian or Japanese tourists, lured by the picture-book landscape, the long hot summers, the food and wine, and of course, for its artistic treasures.
The location of the launch site is an important element of a balloon ride. We take off from an enchanted valley, hidden below Montisi, surrounded by woods, pastures and a truffle reserve. The valley is a haven for wild animals including deer, badgers, the occasional wild boar and many birds.
From here we rise up out of the valley to get a notion of the direction that we are going to take—north over the Crete Senesi and Siena, west to the canyons and steep valleys of the calanche, south to Pienza and the Val d'Orcia, or east over the 1000 ft wooded hills and into the Val di Chiana. It is always a gratifying moment to catch the wind which will guide our voyage. Click here for directions to the launch site.
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