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Hot Air Balloon Ride in Siena, Italy


Dream come true!

There's something about the sky that makes me want to have the ability to fly. The vast horizon and the clear blue sky is a playground for the mind and soul. I've done a few flying adventures in my life and getting on a hot air balloon ride is on my bucketlist. I've almost done one in Canada with my husband but it was canceled due to bad weather, not just once but twice.

It all happened for a reason as we're meant to fly in Italy overlooking the grandeur vineyards in the metropolitan city of Florence called San Casciano in Val di Pesa. Let's go!

For our flight ticket, we were able to snatch a good deal by comparing prices in Skyscanner.



Our hotel was booked with Booking. com. It made it easier to compare low prices.

Booking.com


Siena, Italy Itinerary

October 17 - 20
3 Days in Siena, Central Italy 1 Day BUS ride to Amalfi Coast

Address: Strada Scacciapensieri 47, 53100 Siena, Italy
4 days 3 nights 230 euros (3 pax)

Friday, October 18 
Hot Air Balloon 



Hot Air Balloon ride with Prosecco breakfast
Address: Loc. Calzaiolo, Via del Masso 14, 50026 San Casciano in Val di Pesa FI, Italy
Hot air balloon ride: 250 euros + 50 euros for hotel transfers



Pick-up time: 6:50 AM
Meeting time near the balloons: 7:30 AM
Setup and inflation of the balloon are around 35 minutes and the flight is about 1 hour. The whole adventure takes approximately 2.5 hrs - 3 hours
Estimated Finish time: 1:00 PM


We almost missed our flight as our sweet but confused driver don' know the exact location of the meeting place. A little misunderstanding between the operators that was all settled with a simple smile and the word "don't worry."


Here we go! Finally, I've been waiting for this ride for a long time.


Another hot air balloon joined in the fun. This was just part of a dream I have when I was young and here I am wondering if this was all just a dream. 

Looking down I can't imagine how many billions of people roamed around this earth.


This is definitely one of our highlights in Siena, Italy.

My husband and I will always be grateful for our friend who shared this wonderful sunrise moment. 


The sun has finally said hello and the clouds are clearing up.

A song played in mind while we're up in air: "I can see clearly now the rain is gone I can see all obstacles in my way Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind It's gonna be a bright (bright)Bright (bright) sunshiny day It's gonna be a bright (bright)Bright (bright) sunshiny day."

I'm glad I don't have the fear of heights, I get scared too but the excitement to see something new powers me up. Something that I don't see every day motivates me to see more, there's so much wonder in this world and we all have to see it with our own eyes.

A closer look at the town before getting back to reality.

Our landing was smooth like the olive oils of Siena. Just keep in mind to follow what the guide tells you and everything will be ok.

The most awaited part of this deal was our Prosecco breakfast. I've never heard of it before so I'm pretty excited about it. A Prosecco Breakfast is a fancy kind of breakfast in Europe specifically popular in Italy and France too. An Italian version of wine made from prosecco grape which is a perfect match for a variety of cheese and a wide selection of Italian cured meats.

My Filipino mum would not approve of us having wine in the morning for sure. But I can assure you, mama, this was the best breakfast I've ever had in Europe! And my mother always wants the best for me so I'm sure I just made her proud, ahahaa. Cheers to the good life!


I have a great appreciation for bread with olive oil now. Our Italian breakfast was light and tasty. The flavors were just right to wake you up and fills you up for the morning. Memorable flying experience and a satisfying Prosecco breakfast.

Our package includes a trip back to the hotel. We roamed around the town of Siena once more with a newfound respect for Italian breakfast and our love for wine just keeps getting better and stronger.

More post about our trips: 
Saturday, October 19 Wine Tour @ Chianti Region in Italy

Sunday, October 20 Chianti Classico Marathon (Trail Run) and Night Train from Siena to Amalfi Coast

Have fun and be safe ^__^




Itinerary Reminders:


1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).


Do you want more information about our Europe adventure?
Check out Travelling to Europe for 2 weeks: Art Class in Paris, France then getting on a Hot air balloon ride at Siena, Italy and relaxing by the beach at Amalfi, Coast with a side trip to Rome, Italy before flying back home.


Where am I going next?
My next adventure is going on a Wine Tour in the famous wineries of Chianti, Italy.

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