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Where to spot sunflowers during the summer

Updated on 05 July 2022 From Bologna Welcome

In Bologna, sunflowers bloom everywhere. Summer, from June to July, is undoubtedly the best season to explore the nature while leaving behind the city’s gloom in search of the most “Insta-worthy” spots.

Where to find them?

Be it on your vespa or your bike, or even on the bus, Casalecchio di Reno, near Villa Toiano along Via Porrettana, is the ideal place to start your expedition in search of the golden expanses. Just 12 km from the city centre, the sunflower fields can be reached in 30’ minutes by car or by bus (tper 89).

A few steps further up and you’ll be admiring a blur of flowery fields in Crespellano and Sasso Marconi, also home of the prestigious Guglielmo Marconi Museum; fascinating glimpses are also awaiting at the SS64 junction towards Parco del Chiù (bus 92), so why not seize the opportunity to visit the nearby Abbey of Monteveglio as well? 

The landscape reaches its beauty peak during the summer, when the rolling hills teem with austere and luxuriant stalks.

©Paolo Carboni, Sasso Marconi

And what about the flatlands? 

Running along the Sun Route, head towards Via Cento in San Giovanni in Persiceto (26km from Bologna, 15 min by bike from the train station of San Giovanni in Persiceto) to behold the sightly golden fields while unwinding in the sun after a tiring ride. 

If you're driving back to Bologna, consider stopping off in Mezzolara and Budrio, but also in via Giovannini 116 in Baricella, to admire the sweeping expanses of blooming fields (26 min by bike, 11 min by car) 

If Imola is your destination, stop for a while near the Montenegro Storehouse in via Forella (Ozzano dell'Emilia: 12km from Bologna, 25 min by car). Don't forget to pull over carefully if you want to take pictures! 

And why not take advantage of the nearby Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari (40 km from Bologna, 2h by bike, local train connections Bologna Centrale-Imola).

Finally, make sure you don't miss the blooming meadows between Castel Guelfo and Medicina, 24km from Bologna, along the SP31 towards via Medesano, 1h30' by bike (local train connections Bologna Centrale-Imola, bus 157 to Medicina Stazione, stop Bivio Fornace).

©Davide Leucci 

Please note: the fields' blossoming is subject to seasonal changes

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