Le Marche Ballooning experience starts with the inflation of the balloon at ground level, a moment of great anticipation before climbing into the basket ready for your flight. The balloon rides last from 45 minutes to one and a half hours and during this time, thanks to the smooth flying motion, you will be able to take the opportunity to shoot wonderful images of the beautiful Le Marche landscape. Ballooning is a wonderful way to familiarise yourself with the terrain of your holiday destination and the perfect vantage point for taking some spectacular photographs.
In the safe hands of experienced pilots you can enjoy flights from 45 minutes to one and a half hours. The smooth and peaceful motion of the balloon gives you an ideal opportunity to take photographs or just savour the scenes below you as you becomer familiar with the lay of the land. Programme Includes:
Round trip transportation from your accommodation (maximum: 5 people)
Flight with a professional pilot
Typical local breakfast
From your elevated position you will be able to admire the infamous “red-roofed” towns and follow the course of wary wild animals taking “flight” in the fields below. At the end of the tour, having had a smooth landing, and following in the tradition of Hot Air Balloon fans, the success of the flight will be celebrated with a glass of Champagne.
You will take your balloon ride with one of a team of 6 pilots, all of whom have many years of experience. They have participated in national and international competitions and one of them has even crossed the Alps on a solitary flight completing 250 km in 4 hours. For several years they have been piloting tourist flights in hot air balloons all over central Italy including Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche. They have a selection of balloons to suit different needs, from a minimum capacity of two passengers to a maximum of twelve. They hope to one day have a balloon that has the capacity for at least twenty passengers.
The Ballooning Season in Italy
The ballooning season is approximately late Spring to early Autumn with annual variations. Sometimes May is cold and rainy and October is warm and sunny, you never know! The middle months of the summer are nearly always good for ballooning.We recommend that passengers stay somewhere locally overnight if they are staying more than a 30 minute ride away. We can arrange simple bed and breakfast accommodation in a lovely hotel in le Marche, near Macerata or, if you prefer, we can arrange for you to stay in more luxurious hotel or country homes.
Number of persons
3 - 15 passengers
650 a couple.
Duration: 3 or 4 hours
Departure from your accommodation
Flight - approximately 1.5 hours
Minimum Persons: 2
No upper age restriction applies
No children under the age of eight
Children aged between eight and twelve must be accompanied by two adults
Not advisable for pregnant women or those who have undergone surgery in the last six months
The flight may be cancelled because of inclement weather at pilot's discretion
You must book in advance
All flights include insurance
Long trousers and sport shoes are required
Take Off Points
Sibillini National Park
Siena - take off near the city and from a position that allows us to fly over the historical center of Siena
Castiglione del Lago
The Le Marche region is a culturally rich area, divided into four provinces by four river valleys in a remote part of Italy. Much of Le Marche is, as yet, undiscovered by the crowds ensuring that the land and villages remain quiet and untouched. Its strategic location makes it a perfect spot for reaching all the most important destinations of central Italy including Florence, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Urbino, Gubbio, and Ravenna. The Le Marche region lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the majestic Apennine Mountains and has enough attractions to keep visitors busy for years. Admire the masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, hike across uncharted mountains or hunt for the best catch of the day in a Mediterranean fishing port. It is still possible to experience a taste of old-world cuisine and culture in Le Marche, an area still unsullied by mass tourism which makes it a very intriguing place to visit. The Marchigiani, the people of the Le Marche region, are hard working, warm and friendly. Known for producing quality merchandise in textiles and leathers, they have also developed special niches in artisan industries such as high quality handmade paper at Fabriano and musical instruments at Castelfidardo. Olive trees, fresh vegetables and vineyards are plentiful throughout the region also. Many seaside resorts stretch along the extensive of Adriatic coast, making it a relaxing destination for summer vacations.
Surrounded by mountains and natural parks, the town of Ascoli Piceno has been inhabited since pre-Roman times. Legend has it that a woodpecker led prehistoric settlers to the site, thus bringing about the town's foundation. Ascoli Piceno's historic center is rich in churches, palazzi and other important monuments. In particular, the town's central Renaissance square, Piazza del Popolo, is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. This piazza, which acted as the forum in Roman times, is dominated by the Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, which was burned to the ground during a local feud in 1535 and completely rebuilt ten years later. You can also visit Le Marche's second largest art gallery inside the 17th-century Palazzo Comunale situated in Piazza Arringo, or Ascoli's cathedral in the same square.