Be sure to check out Massa Marittima, an area in which sunflowers have been growing for years. Take a trip starting from Colle Val D’Elsa as far as the coast and be dazzled by the roads lined by Mediterranean pines and the flowers in bloom. Via Suveretana leading to Suvereto on the Etruscan Coast has an expanse of sunflowers among verdant vineyards on the way to the pretty town. The parco Uccellina in Alberese, Grosseto is another place to get lost in a sea of yellow.
To maximise a view of these beauties, book some days at a Tuscan villa or at an Agriturismo near Pisa and explore Vettola, Sanpiero a Grado and on your way take the exit from SCG FI-PI-LI road to Lavoria and Vicarello to make the most of these yellow beauties against the blue sky.
As you head out in pursuit of these wonderful flowers, you may like to keep in mind the myth of Clizia and the fascinating legend about the sunflower. A young nymph who was in love with Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, followed him all day as he drove his chariot through the sky. After he rejected her, Clizia refused to move from her place and was fed only with dew and tears. Apollo decided to transform her into a gold flower, the sunflower, which changes inclination during the day just as the sun moves in the sky.