My husband and I had the most wonderful experience floating over magnificent countryside in a hot air balloon in the middle of the Chianti region just outside Florence. It was a gloriously clear day and we could literally see forever. Beatutiful villages perched on hillsides. Florence off in the distance and all around a glorious landscape sculpted with vineyards, olive groves and fields of grain in various colors of green and amber.
The crew, headed by pilot Stefano with many years of flying experience, calmed any anxieties I felt about flying. He was very detailed in explaining the operation to us and very skilled in executing the manuveurs. The result was a beautiful smooth flight.
We also got to the site of the takeoff early and were able to seem them blow up the balloons and prepare for the flight. It was very interesting to see the whole process.
The flight was followed by breakfast/brunch at Stefano and Gianna's country home. We were served fruit in season, prosciutto, salamis, some great local pecorino cheese, crusty Tuscan bread along with bubbling white wine, coffee and fruit juices. The staff is very friendly and gracious and speaks English very well.
Just an amazing voyage ...
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