Explore the region that gave birth to the modern Italian language on this packed 11-day trip. Start in Florence to see Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture and other famous Renaissance works, then head to Pisa to climb the leaning tower and try the local gelato. Sample world-famous wine and local pecorino cheese in the Val d'Orcia region and see Tuscany from a hot-air balloon. End in medieval Lucca, where you'll learn how to hand make your own pasta before relaxing in a 12th-century Piazza with a cup of coffee and a good book.
Your journey above the rolling hills, estates, and vineyards of Tuscany will last approximately one hour. After that, the pilot will create a scenic pathway depending on the weather and wind condition. Because a hot-air balloon drifts with the winds, part of the magic is never knowing exactly what you’ll see and where you may land!
Once back on the ground, you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast featuring champagne, prosecco, and local Tuscan produce. Then, relax in solitude with either a picnic at the landing site or a nearby farm. Savor the fresh morning air as you nosh on local treats and watch the sky transition from pink to blue.
Although hot-air balloons fly all year round, the official "ballooning season" runs approximately from spring to fall. So, in early spring and summer, savor the green landscape as the colorful sky illuminates blooms, leaves, and the region's agricultural heritage. But if you visit in the winter, you can enjoy the crisp air, crystal-clear views, and maybe an early-morning frost.
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Itineraries with Ballooning Over Chianti from Siena
Families with teens who want to get out and explore (and find the perfect backdrop for their photos) should give this two-week itinerary through the Veneto and Tuscany a try. You'll start in Venice, where you can explore secret passages, craft your own masks, and paddle a gondola. Then head to Verona and Lake Garda, biking through both urban and natural attractions. Wrap up in the Tuscan cities of Siena and Florence with a hot air balloon ride, gelato-making, and more.
Your whole family can fully engage with Italy on this adventurous itinerary, ideally suited for teens with energy to spare. You'll begin in Venice, where you'll craft Carnival masks and explore the secret passages of the city's famous landmarks. After a stop to wander the streets of Verona, you'll head to the park-lined shores of Lake Garda, filled with attractions for all ages. Finish the tour in the Tuscan city of Siena, your base for hot air balloon rides, hikes, and more.