Our selection of the best places to see flowers in Italy: beautiful Italian flower fields and gardens to enjoy spring in Italy.
There are many reasons to visit Italy in spring and one of them is the many flowers that blossom all along the peninsula, filling Italy with colors, perfume and even more beauty.
But where exactly can you see flower fields in Italy? Find out in this quick guide to Italy’s flower fields, gardens and flower events.
Where to see flowers in Italy: Italian flower fields and gardens map
Flower fields of Castelluccio, Umbria – the best place to see wild flowers in Italy
One of the best places to see wildflowers in Italy is the area of Castelluccio in Umbria.
Each year, these usually green plains see the blooming of thousands of flowers that create fields in the colors of the rainbow, creating a natural show like no other!
The protagonist of this Italian super bloom is the humble lentil plant (lenticchia, in Italian) and people come from all over the country to admire the phenomenon.
What to see nearby: Perugia, Spoleto, Orvieto
Riviera dei Fiori (Flowers Riviera)
Like the name suggests, the Riviera of the Flowers is also a wonderful place where to admire Italian flowers
Riviera dei Fiori is in Liguria, in the Imperia region, and is wonderful to visit in spring when flowers blossom in the many parks, gardens and hills of the area.
The best places to admire them are the towns of Bordighera (Pallanza exotic garden), Sanremo (the ‘city of flowers), Ventimiglia (Hanbury Botanical Gardens), Alassio (Villa della Pergola shouldn’t be missed) but there are also many hiking opportunities in the area to see the flowers in their natural habitat: where the Alps meet the sea!
Val Venosta, Trentino Alto Adige – the best place in Italy to see apple blossoms
Val Venosa is a wonderful valley in Trentino Alto Adige, famous for pretty villages and the production of apples, the delicious ‘mele della Val Venosta‘.
Before the apple trees develop their crunchy globes, they dress up in delicate, candid apple flowers: their many rows against the backdrop of the Alps is an unforgettable sight!
The apple trees come into bloom in the area around Merano first and then in the area of Valle Isarco, which has a higher altitude and is therefore slightly cooler.
What to see nearby: Bolzano, the Dolomites
Tuscany – the best to see sunflower fields in Italy
Few images evoke central Italy more than bright yellow fields of sunflowers basking in the Italian sun.
If you want to capture the beauty of sunflower fields in Italy, the best place is Tuscany and, in particular, the area between San Gimignano, Volterra and the Coast.
The best time of the year to see the most optimistic of all flowers are the months of July and August when the flowers are fully open.
The roads of Lavender – several locations
Fragrant fields of lavender flowers may evoke France more than Italy however, there are places in Italy where they are wonderful and at the center of the visitors’ experience: the lavender roads (strada della lavanda).
The roads of lavender can be found in several locations, following the slopes of the Appennines: among the most scenic there is Sale San Giovanni (Piemonte), Ciavari (Liguria), Porto Tolle (Veneto), Chianti area (Tuscany), Assisi (Umbria), Larino (Molise) and Parco Pollino (Calabria)
The best time to see lavender fields in Italy is between June and July.
Vignola, Emilia Romagna: the best place to see cherry blossoms in Italy
There are several places where to see cherry blossoms in Italy but Vignola is special as, every year, it celebrates a festival all about them: the cherry tree blossoms festival (festa dei ciliegi in fiore).
At the center of this event, there are the flowers of course, but you also have market stalls and street performances that make Vignola a lovely place for a spring weekend getaway.
What to see nearby: Bologna, Modena, Parma, Ravenna
Where to see flowers in Italy’s: Gardens and Villas
Villa Carlotta, Lake Como
A must-see for all garden lovers is the wonderful Villa Carlotta, on Lake Como.
The Villa dates back to the end of the XVII century and prides itself to be a place for the enhancement and preservation of the botanical heritage of the Lake Como area, via its wonderful botanical gardens.
The gardens have different sections including the Italian garden, the romantic garden and even an agricultural area, and are particularly famous for their azaleas and rhododendrons especially.
What to see nearby: Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Milan
Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore
Another wonderful garden in the Italian Lake Region is the garden of Villa Taranto, on the shores of Lake Maggiore.
The garden has wonderful flower displays of tulips (April) azaleas and rhododendrons (April and May) and water flowers (June) and in the months between late summer and autumn also has a wonderful Dhalias’ Labyrinth, made with over 1700 flowers!
You can find info and photo on the gardens official website
Parco Giardino Sigurta’, Verona
Parco Giardino Sigurta’ is a wonderful garden near the shores of Lake Garda, in the Veneto region.
The park started as a small garden in 1417 and, over time, has developed into a large, perfectly kept park with lawns, grottoes, flower beds, a maze and several themed gardens, with fountains and many different species of flowers.
Of particular interest are the flowering of the tulips, irises, roses, lotus flowers, impatiens, narcissus, viburnum and many more.
You can find all the flowers and info for visiting Parco Giardino Sigurta’ here.
Vatican Gardens, Vatican City, Rome
The Vatican Gardens are the gardens of Vatican City and they lie along the slopes of the Vatican Hill, just beside St Peter’s Cathedral, in Rome.
The gardens are a wonderful manicured green area organized in several areas: here you have the Italian garden, the English garden, the French garden and a rock garden, each of them offering a different selection of plants and flowers, eliciting a contemplative mood.
Particularly beautiful is the Papal Crest designed in flower: a wonderful example of floral art!
The gardens recently reopened to the pubic and can be visited by guided tour only: you can find all info about visiting the Vatican Gardens here.
Giardini di Villa Bardini, Florence
The Bardini Gardens is Florence are often mentioned as one of the best places for views over Florence (indeed, the panorama from here is spectacular!) but they are also a wonderful place to see flowers.
The Garden is organized in different areas including an Italianate Garden and English garden and has a wonderful wisteria corner that is an explosion of stunning color and perfume that will stop you in your tracks!
The best time of the year to visit the gardens are April and May. Find info about Villa Bardini here.
What to see nearby: the gardens are inside Florence and you have, literally, the city at your feet (the gardens are on a hill!)
The rose garden of Rome
Rome has several beautiful areas where to enjoy the flowers but the most beautiful and scenic of all the city’s Rose Garden.
Perches on the Aventine hill and overlooking the palaces of the Emperors on the Palatine Hill, Rome’s birthplace, the garden has over 1100 rose varieties and is one of the most romantic places in Rome.
What to see nearby: the garden is inside Rome, nearest attractions are Circus Maximus, Aventine Hill, Colosseum, Caracalla’s Baths
Giardino di Ninfa, Lazio
The Garden of Ninfa is a wonderful garden in the province of Latina, so beautiful and unique, the New York Times named it one of the most beautiful not just in Italy but in the world!
The garden is indeed wonderful and has many ponds, streams, stone bridges that give it an unmistakable romantic vibe.
The garden is particularly famous for the flowering of its roses however, the trees are often what captures the attention of the casual visitors: cherry trees and jacarandas mix with poppies, irises wisteria and over a hundred species of flowers to create a garden that managed to be, at the same time, perfectly kept yet wonderfully wild.
You can find info and photos here.
Villa San Michele, Capri
Villa San Michele and its gardens are one of the most famous places to see in Capri and indeed, they are wonderful for garden lovers and garden novices alike.
The gardens are perched at the top of Capri island, in Anacapri, and they are a delight of plants, flowers and terraces opening up to offer expansive views of the island and the sea below.
The garden has many plants and flowers including wisteria, orange blossoms, peonies, hydrangeas, lilies and peonies.
The garden has been described as one of the most beautiful in the world and it is one of the most photographed spots in this stunning island.
What to see nearby: all the attractions of Capri island
Something special: Infiorata di Noto
Up until now, I have mentioned Italian flower fields and gardens but for this last recommendation, we move away from flowers in their natural habitat to look at something a little different: a flower carpet!
The art of creating carpets of flowers is called ‘infiorata’ and is it said to date back to the Reinassance.
These are a few places in Italy where you can admire these flower displays and one of the most scenic of all is the stunning Baroque town of Noto.
Here, each year on the third weekend in May, the Infiorata takes over the city’s streets bringing an explosion of colors to this already beautiful town.
Other places to see flower carpets n Italy are Genzano (Lazio) and Spello (Umbria).
I hope you enjoyed this quick guide and it gave you ideas on where to go to see flowers in Italy this spring. Safe travels!