We were a group of eight, ages 9 to over 80. A few were apprehensive at the prospect of dangling hundreds of feet over the ground by nylon and hot air, but all were completely comfortable in flight, and all entirely thrilled for having had the experience.
The views and elegant post-flight refreshments are well and accurately depicted in other reviews.
The most striking characteristic, but upon reflection, perhaps the most obvious, is the lack of wind. Since the balloon flows with the breeze, those aboard can not sense it. This made for a most comfortable and calm ride. Apart from the periodic firing of the burners, and the exclamations of wonder by us riders, the silence was total, and unique to a first person experience from such an airborne vantage point.
Chris, Claire, Alex, and Massimo were professional and cheerful. Chris exhibited calm control throughout. His knowledge of the terrain, the nuances of the weather, and his flying skill was evident. He came within meters (deliberately, of course) of skimming the rooftop of the villa at which we were staying, and we were certain that he could have set the basket down on our patio had he wanted.
This is certainly one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences of our many Tuscan adventures, and we could not more heartily recommend Ballooning in Tuscany!
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