BALLOON IN TUSCANY IS THE EXPRESSION OF THE TUSCAN AEROSTATIC ASSOCIATION
Idea Baloon was born in 1994 from the passion of Stefano Travaglia and Gianna Volpi for the balloon flight. They’re the first to fly regularly to Tuscany, but they don’t initially have a fixed take-off location, thus bringing their expertise and equipment wherever it’s required. This allows them to be known far and wide for the region and beyond, making more and more people passionate.
Over time, the activity settled on Florence, where in 1999 they founded the Tuscany Aerostatic Association and built the first aerostatic port in a city of Italian art. Following a partial closure of the flight spaces above Florence, the business moved to Chianti, to be precise to Tavarnelle val di Pesa, where since 2000 it has continued to pursue the principles of the association: to spread the culture of balloon flight, the tradition of the first and most ancient means by which man has flown, the pleasure of visiting the skies and seeing the landscape from an unprecedented point of view, to experience the most important physical principles of flight. All this putting passenger safety first: flying only in optimal weather conditions and with certified and periodically revised equipment.
Over the years, Stefano and Gianna have welcomed more than 30,000 passengers and the business continues to grow, making use of the help of other pilots and a proven team, which makes this experience of natural flight over the Chianti hills ever more engaging, with the addition of rich breakfasts with typical products of the area and the possibility of buying videos of your flight, made on the spot with a drone, without forgetting the spirit of adventure and the magic that the balloon carries within itself.
STEFANO TRAVAGLIA, THE FOUNDER
“Every flight is a new adventure; there’s something to learn from every flight.”
Stefano has always reflected himself in the hot-air balloon, with a strong personality and great presence, often fiery, but then able to amaze giving moments of absolute lightness and “sweetness”. After all, he always felt the air as his natural element.
Over the years, he has also spent himself in the dissemination of aerostatics, organizing and participating in countless national gatherings, forming more than 20 pilots in his career and pursuing the idea that aerostatic ports can also be integrated with city planning. In this regard, he gave lectures at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence, which resulted in some degree theses on the topic “Aerostatic Ports in the Medici Villas”.
Over the years, the passion has never abided, accompanying him to the end, in September 2019, since the activity is carried out by his partner Gianna, by his daughter Costanza and by the team he has trained over the years. A passion that has always stimulated him, because as he often said: “Every flight is a new adventure; there’s something to learn from every flight”.