Recently I was desperately looking for something adventurous to do, and then…I discovered something badass. Here in Italy, you’ll find the longest zip line of the Alps! So, of course, I had to try it.
The place is called Arcansel (also called “the rainbow flight”) and I found it thanks to some friends who tried it before me, so I knew what I was in for. However, what I didn’t expect, was how fun it actually was.
This is the perfect activity if you want to enjoy some views without the fatigue of hiking or climbing. Also, with the arrival of the nice season who can’t resist some nice views?
What Is Arcansel
This place is basically a zip line, located in Frassinetto, that lasts for about 70 seconds. I know, it’s not that long, but I guarantee that you’ll enjoy every moment of it.
It felt like flying, or how I imagine flying would be. The experience was very liberating and it reminded me that we should enjoy every moment, no matter how short.
It definitely was the experience of a lifetime and I highly recommend it to any adventure and nature lover!
How Does It Work
If you don’t know what a zip line is, I’ll quickly wrap it up for you. It’s basically a long wire and you are attached to it thanks to a harness. Then you’ll make a descent suspended in the air. This one reaches a speed of about 140 km/h but I can assure you that you won’t feel it, you’ll be too caught up in admiring the landscape.
How to Get to the Zip Line
It was surprisingly easy for me to get there, but keep in mind that I don’t live far. First of all, you need to come to Italy, and to be precise in Piedmont, near Turin, its capital city. To kill two birds with one stone, you can also check out Turin, you won’t regret it. Here‘s my guide if you are interested.
Now it’s time to get to the actual zip line. It’s located in Frassinetto. So, my advice is to rent a car, because it’ll be faster than going with public transports. Basically, you need to follow the directions from Turin to Ceresole, up until you see signs pointing to Frassinetto. It’s a 2 hours drive immersed into the Italian countryside. Once in Frassinetto, look for the signs of Arcansel, they will lead you to a parking spot where you can leave your car. Mind that there’s more than one parking spot, one is closer to the zip line, the other is around 400 m away.
Anyway! Once you get there, you’ll be transferred with a small bus to the starting point. The transport will leave you close to your destination, you’ll just need to hike a small hill, around 15 minutes walk, then you’ll be finally there. Remember to be punctual, as they mention on their website, precisely at least 15 minutes in advance.
Important Things to Know
Wear comfortable clothes
This is super important because you’ll have to be comfortable during your flight. Also, you’ll have to hike for 15 minutes on a dirt path to get to the departure point, so you better wear your trekking shoes. Bring a jacket with zip-closed pockets, so you can sneak your phone with you to take photos.
There are not many spots each hour to fly, around 12 I think, so it’s best to book in advance on their website here.
Check how much you weight
If you are flying with a partner, be sure to check your weight difference, it doesn’t have to exceed 40 kg.
Check the weather
Self-explanatory, but I thinks it’s best to remind you that. If the weather conditions are bad, they won’t let you fly, so it’s best to check in advance the weather forecast. Also, the best time to fly is either spring or summer, because otherwise your flight might be a bit cold and the landscape won’t be as stunning.
Fly in pair to pay less
Flying solo costs 35€ while in pair the fee is 60€, so 30€ each. You would only save 5 €, I know that, but when you travel, every penny counts.
Ask for the Go-pro
The great thing is, you can have a video of your flight for free! Just ask for a Go-pro at the ticket office before your flight. They’ll let you choose between the selfie stick version or the one on your helmet. I picked the latter as you can see in the video above, because I wanted to record the stunning view.
So, what are you waiting for? Book a flight and find out what flying feels like.
Happy and safe adventures to you all!
Photo Credits: Arcansel