The area in which we fly spans across parts of Tuscany and Umbria. It starts from Cortona and Montepulciano in the south and ends just south of Florence in the north. It consists of rolling hills and steep valleys, villages on hilltops, and isolated farmhouses and castles. We fly at dawn (approximately 6.00 am at mid-summer). Morning flights are nearly always possible. The inflation takes about 30 minutes, and we are usually back by mid-morning.The balloon flight normally lasts just over an hour and concludes with the traditional Prosecco toast and a hearty breakfast after which we load everything back on to the trailer of the chase vehicle which follows our flight from the launch site, and return home.