Map coordinates: 43.0861,11.7642
The medieval village of Montepulciano is surrounded by rolling hills with vineyards and olive groves. Famous worldwide for vino Nobile, it is one of Tuscany’s prettiest towns. We take off from the grounds of Relais Ortaglia, a 17th century Tuscan villa on the outskirts of Montepulciano.
Directions from Montepulciano to the Montepulciano launch site
From the southern end of Montepulciano take the SP146 West towards Pienza.
After passing a TAMOIL garage on your left, carry on for a further 1.5 km where you will see a signposted driveway on the left to Ortaglia (Brown sign) – DO NOT go up this drive.
Carry on the SP146 for a further 1/4 km and take the next driveway on the left, signposted ‘Agriturismo’. It is just before the ‘Rubeca Motori’ sign. The launch field is immediately on your left when you enter this drive.
Unless you arrive very early, you should see our balloon sign at the entrance to the driveway.
Directions from Pienza to the Montepulciano launch site
Leave Pienza on the SP146 signposted Montepulciano.
After approximately 10 km you will see Casa Vinicola Triacca on the right.
Carry on for a further ¼ km and Just after the Rubeca Motori sign, turn right into the driveway signposted ‘agriturismo’. Unless you arrive very early, you should also see our balloon sign at the entrance to the driveway.
The launch field is immediately on your left when you enter this drive.
As with any commercial flight, if you miss your flight no refund will be due but if you think you are going to be late you can try to contact the pilot on the mobile number you will be given after you have booked your flight. There is no guarantee that you would be able to contact the pilot in the morning since the mobile phone signal might not be good at the launch site and after the balloon is inflated, about 20-30 minutes after the meeting time, it might not be possible to delay the launch. If you miss your flight we would try to fit you in to a flight one of the following mornings, subject to available spaces.
Backup Locations – What Are They?
Sometimes flights are moved from one of our stunning locations to another, equally beautiful launch site.
This happens when the forecast, such as unsuitable wind direction or other weather conditions, means it is not flyable at the original location but it is from another.
Being able to move the flights to a back-up site further increases the chance of it going ahead.
We might also on rare occasions move flights for an operational reason, such as the original launch site becoming unavailable on that day.
How Will I Find Out If My Flight Is Being Moved?
You will be informed by your pilot via the flight status page on the website at the time your flight is confirmed as going ahead if there has been any change to the original location.
If this happens, you will need to attend the flight at the back-up launch site or your flight vouchers will become invalid.
Please ensure you have all maps, directions and transport arrangements ready to get to any of our potential launch sites on the morning of your flight.