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Wild Poppy Bloom

Poppy fields attract many photographers trying to capture the beauty of spring flowers

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Spring creates many photo opportunities in Tuscany. May colors the fields in bright red when thousands of wild poppies pop up out of nowhere. They usually start blooming in April after the rainfalls. At some locations, they mix with pink sainfoin, and it's even more impressive!

Off the road from Montepulciano to Pienza (Province of Siena) 2020
Off the road from Montepulciano to Pienza (Province of Siena)
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The best place to marvel at vast poppy fields is Val d'Orcia, which stretches from Siena to Monte Amiata. In some villages you can try dishes prepared with poppy leaves, it could be ravioli or a frittata. Coastal area of Maremma also has plenty of poppy fields. Castiglione della Pescaia is one of the most beautiful locations to look for flowers. Another beautiful spot is Lago dell'Accesa in the municipality of Massa Marittima. Pienza vicinity also has some scenic poppy spots. Poppies can grow on agricultural fields if no herbicides were used. So they also symbolize organic farming, popular in Tuscany. Foreste Casentinesi National Park is a great spring destination due to the abundance of wildflowers. It has a beautiful landscape dotted with poppies, anemones, purple saxifrage, and other flowers that create a colorful carpet. The best time to visit these locations is from late April to mid-May.