The sight of endless sunflower fields is one of the real joys of visiting Tuscany. The bright, sunny hue is the epitome of summer, and July is a good time to see these beautiful blooms in abundance.
The perfect place to stay in the region is Borgo Santo Pietro, a 13th-century mansion in a 200-acre estate in the countryside south of Siena. The 20 spacious guest rooms and suites are furnished with tasteful antiques, Fortuny silks, and there are always vases of freshly picked flowers from the lovely gardens. A traditional, stand-alone property built from local stone is a welcoming, rustic spa—signature spa treatments include Borgo Santo Pietro’s natural skin care line made with herbs, plants, honey, and sheep milk from the property’s estate. The Michelin-starred restaurant also uses ingredients from the estate’s extensive kitchen and herb gardens, and working farm. I can’t think of a better way to experience the idyllic Tuscan countryside.