Here’s something to consider when you take a trip to Italy: a ride in a hot air balloon. What more beautiful way to take in the Italian landscape, whether it’s over Tuscany’s undulating hills, outside the city of Milan, or in the Dolomites, a picturesque region in the Italian Alps. This month, one of Italy’s best known Italian balloon festivals took place in the Dolomites. These stunning mountains are not widely known outside of Italy, at least not as widely known as famous cities like Rome, Naples and Venice or regions like Tuscany or the Piedmont, but they are popular with Italians and other Europeans embarking on a vacation in Italy.
In the winter, there’s skiing and of course the balloon festival. Check out these amazing photos of the balloon festival on Flickr! In the warmer months, you can hike, go mountain climbing and, if you are a super adventurous, handgliding. There’s also a bicycle race every year during the first week of July, la Maratona desl Dolomites.
We share this with you for two reasons. To introduce you to a part of Italy you may not know, a place you may consider visiting when you take an Italy vacation. We also want to entice you with an activity you probably would not do unless you were on vacation, specifically, hot air ballooning. For a listing of hot air balloon rides around Italy, click to HERE. For those who have not taken a ride in a hot air balloon, it is one of the most magical experiences on Earth.
According to the website All in Flight.com, the Dolomiti Balloon Festival offers balloon flights in the skies of the Val Pusteria and Alto Adige with views of the mountain scenery such as the Three Peaks. A hot air balloon ride crossing the Dolomites to Venice is also available.
Can you imagine? Absolutely something to consider when you plan your trip to Italy!