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Last updated: 20 July, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicky Swallow

Tuscany is famed for its timeless, rolling landscapes, dotted with ancient villages, farmhouses and castles. Silently drifting 1,000-2,000 feet above them in a hot-air balloon offers a unique and all-encompassing perspective to truly appreciate them, that you just don’t get from the ground.

Flights last about an hour, then it’s back down to earth for a hearty breakfast and glass of Prosecco.

Price from: £250
Minimum age: 7
Age suitable: 7+
When: All year around
Duration: 3 hours

Getting there & doing it

Flights depart at dawn (6am in high summer) from various points in Tuscany including Montisi (Val d’Orcia), Cortona, Colle Val d’Elsa and Siena. You’ll need to get yourself to the departure point; most hotels can arrange transfers if you don’t have a hire car.

Baskets carry up to 12, though for an exclusive experience, private flights in a smaller balloon can be arranged. No children under seven, or under 137cm, are allowed to fly, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Wear trainers or similar (no sandals) and layers of clothing; it can be chilly at dawn even in the summer.

When to do it

The ballooning season runs roughly from late spring to early autumn with daily flights. Departures are at dawn when there are no thermal currents. In bad weather, flights will be cancelled.

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Tuscany Hot Air Balloon Flight

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Tuscany Hot Air Balloon Flight
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Hot Air Balloon flight in Tuscany from Chianti area

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Chianti, considered the heart of old Tuscany. You have surely tasted its worldwide famous wine, but have you ever “tasted” the air that stands above the vineyards which it is made with? A beautiful experience that you should try, something that goes further than the classic enogastronomic tour. NOTE: Flights only take place at sunrise. The exact take-off time will be communicated to you based on the chosen day. We based on the same time as sunrise.

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Hot Air Balloon ride in the Chianti Valley Tuscany

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Hot Air Balloon ride in the Chianti Valley Tuscany
See for miles over the beautiful Tuscan countryside on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight, taking place from the village of San Casciano in Val di Pesa. Soaring up to some 2,000 feet (609 meters) above ground, admire stunning aerial views of the rolling hills, pretty villages, imposing castles and sprawling vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany. Then, toast the unforgettable experience with a glass of Champagne upon landing.

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Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Siena

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Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Siena
Admire the gorgeous landscapes of Tuscany from above on this 1-hour hot air balloon flight from Siena! This thrilling hot air balloon ride takes you up 2,000 feet (609 meters) over the rolling hills, classic Italian villas, imposing castles and sprawling vineyards and olive groves of the Tuscan countryside. Toast to this unforgettable experience with a glass of sparkling wine upon landing. Note: flights are only early in the morning. The exact take -off time will be communicated to you on the basis of the chosen day. He will always be very early in the morning, he will depend on seasonal temperatures.

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Hot Air Balloon flight in Florence

Florence

Hot Air Balloon flight in Florence
Florence, is known worldwide as the birthplace of Reinassance. By over flying the city of Florence, you cane se the magnificent architecture from up above, and this gives you the possibility to discover every detail of the city from a whole new prospective. NOTE: Flights only take place at sunrise. The exact take-off time will be communicated to you based on the chosen day. We based on the same time as sunrise.

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Hot air balloon tour over Florence

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The balloon flight is magical, it is the dream of adults and children, and it is even more magical to do it in Tuscany and see Florence from above. It is a one of a kind tour. Flying over the city makes us experience indescribable moments, which remain forever within us.

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