Sunflowers in Italy – Wow!
Sunflowers to me are a happy flower – they look like little smiling faces surrounded by a ring of sunshine. Being in Italy and having the opportunity to see fields of the
smiling faces, I set my mission for the Sunflower Hunt.
Tuscany is known for their sunflower fields. But don’t limit yourself to Tuscany, the sunflowers bloom in many areas of Italy, mostly the central region: Umbria, Le Marche, Lazio and yes, Tuscany.
Seeing the sunflowers in bloom is highly dependent on the weather. The bloom can start as early as mid-June through mid-August. Cooler and rainy weather during the Spring and Summer will delay the bloom. During the super hot years, the flowers will bloom and die earlier.
In 2012, it was a very hot spring and summer. I ventured out to the northeast area of Lazio in mid-July and it was apparent that many had already bloomed and were getting fried from the hot sun. So I kept driving north & to a higher altitude where it wasn’t as hot and I did find a few fields. In 2013, I had a vacation planned in mid September in Tuscany. I knew the bloom would be finished, but it was a great sight to see the huge drooping flowers in massive numbers.
This year 2014, it’s July 31st as I type…..the sunflowers are still in beautiful bloom since it’s been much cooler and very rainy this summer.
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Not the best photo and it doesn’t represent the real-life vastness of the sunflowers – this looks like a field of daisies, but these are all sunflowers.
Sadly, the season ends and the majestic sunflower hangs her head and rests.