TUSCANY’S SUNFLOWER FIELDS
Since the 18th century sunflowers have bloomed in Tuscany. Today, visitors from all over the world travel to Italy for scenic drives and bike rides through the Tuscan countryside to view the endless sunflower fields and you will find an abundance of sunflower fields around Casali di Bibbiano Villa & Winery.
This exotic plant of the Americas was brought to the European continent by explorers. The plant became widespread throughout Europe and was mainly grown as an ornamental though some medicinal uses were developed. By 1716, a patent was granted for squeezing oil from sunflower seeds and today sunflowers are grown as a commercial crop for their tasty oil.
In Tuscany, sunflowers reach peak bloom in the middle of July, pending the growing season’s weather conditions. A fun fact about this sunny plant is that sunflowers exhibit “heliotropism” which is the ability to grow in direction of the sun. At sunrise, the faces of most sunflowers are turned towards the east. Over the course of the day they follow the sun from east to west, while at night they return to an eastward orientation. Hence, sunflowers go by the name of “Girasole” (Sunturner) in Italian.
A summertime stay at Casali di Bibbiano Villa & Winery places you in the perfect setting for enjoying Tuscany’s sunflowers.
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