Mondovì is the city that flies. Seeing giant hot-air balloons suspended in the sky above Mondovì is something residents here are used to. And, if you happen to be here on Epiphany Day, you’ll witness a truly wonderous (and peaceful) invasion. As you tilt your head up in the air, you’ll be able to observe the biggest annual balloon rally in Italy. In fact, it’s no coincidence that Mondovì is the “Italian capital” of hot-air ballooning! Naturally, you need an airfield, which, in this case, is called “Balloonporto”.
It is Italy’s first balloon airport and headquarters to the Aero Club of Mondovì. The first balloon in Italy was registered in Mondovì more than 40 years ago. And this is how the story began. Piloting that balloon was local resident, Giovanni “John” Aimo, an institution in the field: pilot, instructor and champion many times over. Balloons are a constant presence in the sky, like “mascots”, which have been adopted with open arms by the whole town.
Champions, crews and enthusiasts from all over the world come to Mondovì for the International Epiphany Balloon Rally. Started in 1988, it’s Italy’s oldest hot-air balloon gathering. It’s a must-see for photographers, fans, or those simply looking for a unique experience!
INTERNATIONAL HOT-AIR BALLOON RALLY
Click here for the official website: aeroclubmondovi.it
Here’s how to reach Mondovì’s balloon Aeroclub