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Where To Find Sunflower Fields In Tuscany

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!

(Here I am running through the vineyard to get to the sunflowers.)

(Random photo shoot in the middle of sunflower fields? Check!)

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.

(This photo was taken by the road but it was unfortunate that the sunflowers were facing a different direction.)

(Here’s another shot of all the yellow in the fields!)

Here is a google map of the route we took that day.

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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!

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Rebecca - March 20, 2015 - 11:13 am

Hi!

My friend and I are planning to travel to Romania next summer and take a little trip to Italy. I am in love with the sunflower fields and vineyards of Tuscany, but I cannot wrap my head around where exactly we should stay! I thought Tuscany was a city, like Pisa or Florence, but I now understand it is a region including both of these cities and more! We are looking to stay in an airbnb but we want to be close enough to a metro/subway/underground (Whatever it may be called) but also within walking distance from vineyards and fields of flowers, etc.

Would you, or anyone who is reading this, mind giving us some tips on the best areas to stay?! We need details for names because some names, like Siena, have multiple locations. We have never been to Italy before so we this is uncharted territory!

The goal of our trip is to reach out to locals and learn things about their culture and day to day life so we do not want to be secluded off in the middle of a vineyard with nowhere to go and no one to talk to!

Please help us!

Sincerely, Me – Rebecca

JustWanderlust - April 6, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Hi Rebecca – sorry it has taken a while for me to reply. I didn’t see Tuscany via public transportation because the cities aren’t all well serviced by train and it seemed more complicated and less flexible to try to see the region that way. I rented a car and recommend you doing that. The fields of flowers are off the highways… same thing with the vineyards. Also, I’m not sure what you meant by a place having multiple names. I haven’t seen that before. Are you referring to train station names? If so, I always look for the stop that is tagged as “central” since that marks the city center.

Laura grochowski - June 29, 2015 - 10:42 pm

Hi… We will be driving from Torino on July 26 toward Florence where we have a flight back to the states on July 31st. We defiantly want to spend time in Florence but have a rental and heard that parking and driving can be challenging. Can you recommend a route from Torino to Florence? I
would be willing to spend one night in a town between before Florence? Should we take the coastal or inland route? Should we stay in Florence or outside the city with our car? defiantly want to drive to see sunflowers and visit Tuscan wineries. Thanks for your idea. Laura

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