WHAT IS BALLOONING
The hot air balloon is an aircraft composed of a balloon, which inflates with gas and hot air, and a wicker basket that houses the passengers. The vertical lifting of the hot air balloon occurs thanks to Archimedes’ principle according to which each body receives an upward thrust of equal intensity to the weight of its volume. Hot air, therefore, being less dense than atmospheric air, allows the hot air balloon to fly.
The origins of the hot air balloon date back to distant times, precisely around 220 AD when in China it was used to send military signals.
Flying in a hot air balloon is an extraordinary experience to share in a group or in a couple that combines relaxation with the thrill of flying over spectacular and unique landscapes.
HOW THE ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE
A hot air balloon flight in Turin, Piemonte, begins near Masino Castle, residence for ten centuries of the Valperga counts and now a FAI asset.
After a briefing on how the flight will be conducted, your adventure begins. The average altitude reached is 2-3000 meters. You will fly over the 19th-century castle, originally surrounded by walls and towers and now nestled in a park full of ancient trees, overlooking the Canavese plain.
Depending on the wind direction you will fly over, forests, lakes and medieval villages. Toward the west you can admire the chain of the Alps from which Monviso can be distinguished in the distance. The Castle is half an hour’s drive from Turin and Milan and less than two hours from Genoa.
WHO IS THE ACTIVITY FOR
Hot air ballooning is an activity for everyone: you will be accompanied by a certified pilot who will give you all the directions you need to fly safely. Children from 7 years old and with a minimum height of 130 cm (with shoes) can participate. The maximum weight allowed per passenger is 115 kg.
Transport to take-off point
1 h duration flight
Water and snacks
Sportswear suitable for the season
Per In order to carry out the activity you must be in possession of an identification documentpoter svolgere l’attività è necessario essere in possesso di un documento di riconoscimento
Minors up to age 15 must be accompanied by an adult and with written permission from the parent, if not on board. From age 15 and up, however, only permission from the parent is required
You must arrive at least 30 minutes before the activity takes place
You can fly 365 days a year, subject to weather forecasts