Watch Europe’s aeronauts soar over the Alps in hot air balloons

Seeing giant balloons suspended in the sky is a familiar sight in the Italian town of Mondovì.

The first hot air balloon in Italy was registered in the area more than 40 years ago, and it’s now home to the International Epiphany Balloon Rally, Italy’s oldest hot air balloon gathering.

But after COVID-19 restrictions prevented an official festival from taking place this year, balloon enthusiasts gathered in the northern Italian town to honour the age-old tradition.

Founded in 1988, the festival brings up to 50 hot air balloons from across Europe to the Monregalese region. Once there, pilots depart from the Piedmont town’s aptly named airfield – ‘Balloonporto’.

And with such dramatic views,

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