Balloon in Tuscany is an expression of the Association Aerostatics Tuscany. We offer balloon flights throughout Tuscany with safty and fun.
Our launch sites are in the Chianti area, San Gimignano, Siena and Florence. You can book and purchase your flight in the appropriate sections, or contact us if you need more information.
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About Associazione Aerostatica Toscana
The Association promotes and organizes international aerostatic events, but also participate with their balloons at national and international events across Europe, allowing us to offer the opportunity to know all the other reality of flight aerostatico to their members. The Association is aimed at those who enjoy the flight with the activity at the BalloonPort in Lungarno Serristori in Florence and Chianti’s Balloonport in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, as well as at other surfaces for take off of balloons located around central Tuscany.
We aim to grow in all those who so desire, passion and knowledge for a subject like the Aerostat, that little is different from an art.
The History Of Ballooning
It is believed that Leonardo Da Vinci was the first to discover the idea of using hot-air “rising” to create lift. But the real pioneers of hot air balloon flying were the brothers Montgolfier. This papermaking family created the first hot air balloons using their paper with seams held together by buttons.
The first experiments and public exhibitions took place during the period of the French Enlightenment, leaving speechless masses of onlookers and scientists.
When, in 1783, the first balloon floated above the capital, the French public went into a frenzy. This balloon, comprising almost 4 metres in diameter flew on the 19th September and carried a sheep, a duck and a rooster. The balloon stayed in the air for a grand total of 8 minutes before crashing to the ground with the rooster suffering a broken wing.
The first manned ‘flight’ came a few months later, on the 21st November. Flown by Pilatre De Rozier and the Marquis D’Arlandes it flew for 20 minutes and reached a height of 900 metres before landing in the village of Gonesse, close to the modern day Charles De Gaulle Airport. Here it was quickly folded up and taken away by horse and cart to avoid the local inhabitants who attacked it with forks – thinking it was the work of the devil.
Next to France, Italy was indeed the country which gave the greatest impetus to balloon flight. A passenger on an early balloon ride from Rome ” Rome looked like a field which had been seeded with white flakes of plaster, while the Tiber seemed to be a very fine thread”.
Word of these events spread like wild fire across Europe and it was an Italian who made the first flight from London in the UK. The Italian Vincenzo Lunardi rose to the skies in a balloon filled with hydrogen with around 200,000 people in attendance including the Prince of Wales on 15th September 1784. His flight lasted two and a half hours and covered some 30 kilometers.
Imagine what it could mean to fly in those days.
Today you can do it in absolute safety with modern balloons and technologies that ensure safe flights and beautiful landscapes.