STRONG EMOTIONS? FLYEMOTIONS!
Are you looking for STRONG EMOTIONS? Try the Fly Emotion!
“People dreams to fly”: at just 30 minutes from the Hotel Saligari you can make this dream come true!
STOP HOLDING OVER, REALIZE YOUR DREAM TODAY!
Of course it happened to you too: having a dream and to leave it there for years. The rhythms of your job absorb all your energies and you never have time to stop and take a breath. You start to postpone and postpone, in the meantime so many dynamics change and you slowly find yourself thinking that making true that dream is impossible. Flying has always been the greatest desire of grandmother “Lilli” but, because of commitments between work and family, or because of laziness, she had never even taken a plane until two years ago. The grandmother, however, deserves an authentic flight experience, so we decided to give her a present: a flight with the Fly Emotion.
WHAT IS THE FLY EMOTION?
In Valtellina, above Morbegno, there are Albaredo per San Marco and Bema, two small mountain towns separated by the narrow valley of Bitto. For a few years now, there have been two thick steel ropes to connect them, allowing people to “fly” safely from one side to the other through a special system of pulleys and harnesses. Here’s what the Fly Emotion is: the thrill of a 1.5 km flight at 400 meters high!
ORGANIZE YOUR FLIGHT COMFORTABLE FROM HOME
You can program this unique experience during a gloomy Monday afternoon in the coffee break, when your colleague has already made you nervous and your boss has overloaded you with work for the whole week. You just need to register on the site, choose the day and the hour and book your flight with a click. Alternatively you can decide to buy a gift voucher valid for one year and choose later when to go. We chose August 16th, which turned out to be the best day to go to Albaredo… why? I will explain it to you later.
STRONG EMOTIONS ONLY 30 MINUTES FROM HOTEL SALIGARI
We booked the flight at 11 am and a few days before we receive an email from the staff of Fly Emotion that reminds us to be there half an hour before to get ready and to receive all the necessary information. Since they are days of celebrations we decided to leave at 9.30 from the Hotel Saligari to avoid the traffic. We turn on the navigator at the entrance to Morbegno but it wasn’t actually necessary: in fact at the intersections there are very clear sings to reach Albaredo per San Marco. We arrive at the destination 20 minutes in advance.
NEWS AND TRADITION
At the reception there was a kind and nice girl giving us a sheet to fill out with our details on which is indicated the number of our group of flight: 8. “You will fly with a little delay like it always happens with Ryanair”, she says, “today is San Rocco, the festival of the village, and at 11 there is a religious procession for which we will suspend flights for about half an hour”. That’s why it was so hard to find a free parking!!! We take advantage of this delay to take some pictures and to get to know a little bit Albaredo, a small village at 920 meters. After the procession, with lots of bells that ring to party, we returned to the departure area of the flight.
FEEL FREE AT 60 KM / H
The grandmother Lilli, very excited, notes a couple at the start point and stops to observe them, but her face changes expression as soon as she realizes the speed with which we will fly. In no time the couple becomes an indistinguishable dot and, making some calculations, if the distance traveled is 1.5 km and the travel time is about a minute and a half … it means that you travel free body up to 60 km/h! As she begins to become aware of what was waiting for us, Marianna, the operator, calls our flight group to get dressed.
FEEL ALSO SAFE AT 60 KM/H!
Marianna is a very professional girl, she knows how to make you feel at ease and transmits security even to those who, having arrived to wear the harness, begin to get caught up in some doubts and a bit ‘of anxiety. From the dressing area we move with our group (other 3 couples ready for the flight) to the launch pad. Grandmother Lilli and I will fly for second and our time to fly seems never to arrive. We follow the instructions of the guy who binds our harnesses to each other and assures them to the cart that will transport us to the other side of the valley. When he has finished he asks us to lie down in the void … in fact, thanks to the harnesses, we remain perfectly in a horizontal position, as if we were lying on our stomachs on the couch, but we were hanging in the air instead!
IT’S TIME TO LAUNCH!
Not even the time to realize and … “good flight!” The boy takes away the safe and me and grandmother Lilli lying under me leave for a minute and a half of strong emotions! The sensation is precisely that of flying. Like the swallows, the arms are free to be opened and the voice to scream with joy and amusement. Below us the river that flows undaunted among green plants seems very small. In the finish line we bring the arms in position (the one who flies above have to put the hands under the chin, the one which is lying under put them on the sides) and we make a big smile for the souvenir photos that are taken in the last 150 meters of flight (you can buy it also in digital format!).
GET READY TO BRAKE SHARPLY!
Still euphoric for the incredible experience that we are experiencing, we realize that the arrival station is getting closer but our speed has not been reduced much … and indeed BANG! The braking system is not the most pleasant, we were warned that we would have nailed abruptly, but the arrival took us by surprise. “Landed” at Bema the staff disengages us from the cart and we reach the couple who flew before us, exchanging enthusiastic opinions and waiting in turn for the other members of group 8, betting on the colorful expressions they would use in the “traumatic” moment of the ‘arrival.
WHEN YOU THINK THE BEST IS OVER, IT’S TIME FOR THE RETURN FLIGHT!
Gathered the group, we get on a minibus that takes us to the pitch from which we will break the second and final flight of the day. The tension that there was before launching is definitely an old memory and we laugh and joke with our fellow adventurers: a couple from Appiano Gentile, two brothers from Savona and a father and son of 10 years from Modena: the Fly Emotion is an irresistible attraction for young and old throughout Italy!
On the platform another very kind operator gives us the instructions: the only difference compared to the first leg is that in this stretch, which is shorter and steeper, we have to keep our arms always open except at the arrival. We thought it was not possible, but yet, the return flight was better then the one we made before: a pure adrenaline rush and a different perspective on the valley below. On our arrival even the sudden braking doesn’t upset us too much.
FLY EMOTION, AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE
Delighted for the moment just experienced, we go to the bar to check the photos of our flights… well, we weren’t very photogenic, but the pictures will always remind us of this incredible day. In order not to miss anything we decide to stop a little at the village festival: after a lunch of polenta taragna and sausage is the time of the tug of war. We don’t believe it but it’s really like that: there are teams of professionals who even come from Turin for this race! I wonder if they too, after the effort, will reward themselves with the thrill of the flight …