Hot Air Balloons

Tens of hot air balloons from Europe and South America lit up the night skies in Italy in one of the world's biggest ballooning events.

The hot air balloons are taking part in the Sagrantino cup, described by organizers as the "most relaxed event in the international ballooning calendar".

The hot air balloons were lined up at an airstrip near the Umbrian town of Terni at sunset and fired up simultaneously.

According to organizers the ballooning event in the Umbrian valley stretches over ten days and features several occasions for the balloonists to socialize.