mongolfiera (plural ~ mongofiere) : hot-air balloon
Last week the town of Santo Stefano di Rogliano successfully held its 1st Raduno delle Mongolfiere. This was the first festival of its kind for the region, which took place from April 23-26, 2009. It featured beautiful and colourful hot-air balloons that took to the skies for a breathtaking birds eye view of Santo Stefano, and many other neighbouring towns and comunes of the Savuto region. Parachutists also joined in on the fun, showcasing their talents to the many spectators who gathered from near and far for the event and helicopters gave tours of the region. And, if you could tear yourself away from all of that, the event also included a mercato, street performers, and musical performances.
Pictures from Raduno della Mongolfiere in Santo Stefano di Rogliano:
Here is a great Youtube video of the event by one of its participants from Sturno, Avellino (AV) in the Campania region of southern Italy.