If you’ve ever seen the photos of gorgeous sunflower fields in Tuscany and wandered where to find them, you are not alone! I became enamored with the Tuscan sunflower fields over ten years ago when I was in Italy in June and promised myself that at some point, I’d go back to during sunflower season and actually romp around in the fields. Well, lucky for me – I made that fantasy happen this year. Okay, I didn’t romp around in the fields (after seeing the bugs and weeds that would poke me I quickly changed my mind), but I did get to see them and take tons of photos in them!
If you want to see the sunflower fields, you should know a few things first:
- Sunflower season is around mid-July, but it really depends on the weather that year. If it gets warm a lot earlier or later, you might see the flowers bloom earlier (maybe even June) or later (think August). I am not very good with plants (I am the type that forget to water them, oops) so I can’t tell you when exactly the flowers will bloom based on the weather, but I think it’s important you know that weather may impact what you’ll see so plan accordingly and set your expectations accordingly.
- Based on the weather patterns, you also might not spot sunflowers in the same fields I found them. The fields could still be in Tuscany but maybe more north or south since different regions of Tuscany experience the weather patterns differently.
- If you’re there in the right season but don’t spot anything, try asking the locals! There’s a good chance they’ll know where to go.
Now that we have those points out of the way, here’s what I do know. I was lucky enough to be in Tuscany right around early-mid July this past year and the top of my list was to see the sunflower fields. I even planned a whole day around it thinking that if we just drove around we’d spot some. I was wrong. We spotted lots of sunflowers, actually, but it was when we weren’t looking for them – isn’t that how life always works?
The best fields I spotted were about 15-20 min outside of Siena as we drove toward San Giovanni d’Asso on our way to our truffle hunt. Those fields were right by the highway and there were plenty of them so we had our pick of which to stop at.
We saw even more gorgeous fields when we took the scenic route back from San Giovanni d’Asso to Siena. Specifically after passing Asciano, we drove through Leonina and were rewarded with wide expansive fields of sunflowers on either side of us. The best part was that we were on a lone road so we had the whole scene to ourselves.
Here is a google map of the route we took that day.
View Larger Map
Siena is point D, San Giovanni d’Asso is point B, and Leonina is point C.
There weren’t as many sunflowers as we headed into San Giovanni d’Asso (point B on the map), but because the drive was still one of the most scenic we took in Tuscany (especially the second half from point B to point D), I’d recommend the whole route if you have the time. Along the way, you’ll also see the tall cypress trees, vineyards, olive groves, and lone farmhouses that define “Tuscany” – it’s a photographer’s dream!
Finally, if you do go and want to take photos in the fields, make sure you wear comfy shoes, bug spray, and sunscreen. It gets hot fast out there! Good luck!