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Group hot air balloon ride over the Lucanian badlands

Group hot air balloon ride over the Lucanian badlands

3 hours



From 1 to 8


  • Enjoy a hot-air balloon flight over the Lucanian Calanchi and admire an amazing panorama from above.
  • Carried by the wind, you will fly over a landscape resembling a lunar desert, feeling as if you are in a film.
  • Rely on a professional pilot to fly safely and enjoy the experience to the fullest.

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Full description

Experience the thrill of a hot-air balloon flight and admire the fascinating moonscape of the Lucanian Calanchi in Basilicata from above.

For about one hour you will fly carried by the wind, observing from a privileged perspective the clay cone formations that characterise this area of great geological interest.

What we will do

We will meet in an area close to the Calanchi Lucani nature reserve, in the province of Matera. The address of the meeting point will be given to us a few days before the activity, after the pilot has selected the take-off area based on wind conditions.

We will witness the preparation of the hot-air balloon and the great blaze that inflates the balloon. Then, after a briefing on behaviour and safety rules, we will board the basket and wait for take-off.

Once at altitude, the balloon will fly in the direction of the wind, carried by the currents. From the top of the wicker basket we will be able to admire the Calanchi Lucani area, characterised by clay formations and canyons that give the landscape a lunar appearance. Several directors have chosen this location as the setting for their films, and we too will feel immersed in a fascinating and at times surreal atmosphere!

Upon landing, we will find the ground staff waiting for us with an aperitif of typical products. Finally, after toasting and collecting thesouvenir certificate, we will be taken by shuttle back to the initial meeting point.

In total, the activity will last 3 hours, of which about 1 hour of actual flight time.

Who it is aimed at

This activity is easy and suitable for everyone from 8 years old and up (with a height of at least 130 cm). To fly in a hot-air balloon, you only need to be in good health. The only restrictions are for pregnant women, those suffering from serious illnesses incompatible with flying, and those with mobility problems in their lower limbs.

Other information

This activity can be carried out all year round, weather permitting, and is confirmed when there are at least 5 participants.

The flight takes place in the early morning hours to take advantage of the best currents. A few days before the activity, the pilot will confirm the meeting time and give you the exact address for the rendezvous.

Each flight is unique and unrepeatable because the craft has neither a motor nor a rudder and follows the currents without a precise destination. The pilot uses his experience and perfect knowledge of the winds to ensure scenic flights and safe landings.

Recommended clothing

Seasonal clothing and comfortable shoes

Don't forget to bring


What is included

  • Experienced pilot
  • Aperitif on landing
  • Certificate of flight
  • Aviation insurance
  • Transport to initial meeting

How it works

  • Book
  • Gift
  1. 1
    Send a booking request

    We will only pre-authorise the payment

  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point
Aliano, Matera

Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

If you have made a fixed date reservation and the weather conditions are not suitable for the safe conduct of the activity (in the expert opinion of the guide), you will be refunded the full amount paid. The guide may suggest an alternative date or time for you to conduct the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you can’t retrieve it, we will process a full refund! If you have set the date for your Gift Voucher and bad weather did not allow the activity to take place, the Voucher remains regularly valid until the expiration date indicated on it.

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is flexible. You get a full refund if you cancel within 5 days from the activity start date. Within 4 and 3 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What payment methods do you accept?

On Freedome, you can pay with any rechargeable credit card or prepaid card (including Postepay) from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB networks. We also accept debit cards enabled for online payments. You can also use the digital wallets Apple Pay and Google Pay.

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