Today we are going to a very special place in my beloved Calabria; we head to San Floro, a small town, but with an unmissable attraction: its beautiful field of sunflowers! Shall we? Here at Your Travel to Calabria you make the trip of your dreams!!! Are you staying in Calabria? Looking for a hotel? Click here and discover best accommodation options in Calabria!
Discover the San Floro Sunflower Field…
Sunflowers always enchant our eyes, don’t they? The yellow contrasts perfectly with the seeds and the stem, they draw our attention and seem to mesmerize those in love with flowers. The (beautiful!) field of San Floro has more than 20,000 sunflowers. Calabrian agricultural entrepreneur Stefano Caccavari revived the organic cultivation of ancient grains and created the majestic landscape of San Floro. Mulinum is born, which from an agricultural startup became a model exported to other regions. Stefano was inspired by a view of a large field of sunflowers, during a trip to Tuscany. So, on a hectare and a half of land, he decided to change the landscape of San Floro. Read here What Are The Ten Places You Must See in Calabria?
Useful Information about the San Floro Sunflower Field…
Access to the camp is not open all year round; it is advisable to send an email to inquire about days and opening times of the field, to find out if it is possible to visit it during the period that you are in San Floro. The best time to visit the place is in the high season, between July and August, which is the peak of sunflowers and, generally, the fields are open to the public (an amount may be charged to the visitor that may vary according to the decision of the site administrators).
- There are events scheduled for July, but you need to stay tuned to the site’s schedule. A good option is to follow them on Instagram, so as not to miss any updates on the sunflowers party. You can click here!
- During high season there is a restaurant, the Mulinum. As there is a mill and a small organic flour shop on site (open to customers every day, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm – times subject to change without notice), dinners are based on, of course, pizza and pasta, such as breads and other delicacies. Reservations are required and the price is around 20 euros per person. Mulinun Official Website, Address: Contrada Torre del Duca, 88021 San Floro Italia. Phone: +39 0961 291882. Read also Shall we take an enogastronomic tour in Calabria?
- Always confirm availability and opening times before heading to the place.
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Shall we get to know the small and charming town of San Floro?
First, let’s get to know a little more about the small and charming town of San Floro. San Floro was born in prehistory, in the Neolithic period. Some archaeological findings in the region attest that it was also a colony of Scylletium, in Magna Graecia.
The colonizers soon saw, at that time, a great and rich potential of the abundant bounded area and untouched vegetation, making that area the ideal place for the breeding of cattle and prosperous forests rich in wood. Here was also Squillace‘s old farmhouse, until the end of the 15th century, when it was dismembered by the Strivieri family. Until 1599, it belonged to the Mangione and later returned to the Strivieri. Between 1643 to 1711, it belonged to Cesare Marincola di Catanzaro; later, until the subversion of feudalism, to the Girifalco’s feud under Duke Nicola Maria Caracciolo, who used the castle (well preserved until today) as his summer residence. Read also What are the 10 must-see agriturism in Calabria?
A little more about San Floro…
The city suffered serious damage due to an earthquake in 1783, which destroyed the old church of Saint Caterina. Howerver, after the administrative order of Championnet, it was inserted in the canton of Catanzaro, and in 1807 the French placed it under the government of Squillace. In 1811, it was attributed to the district of Borgia, a contribution that remained unchanged even after the reorganization ordered by the Bourbons, in 1816.
The name of the city reflects the strong veneration for its patron, Saint Floro Martyr, who together with his brother Lauro, for not having abandoned his ideals of Christian faith, was arrested, condemned, demoted to a well and buried alive. Every year, on August 18th, the inhabitants of the city honor their patron with a solemn mass and the typical procession through the streets of the city.
The city is famous for its white figs. The process of preparing white figs is, until today, artisanal and they are dried in the same way that they were dried in the past: by the method of natural drying in the sun. No wonder, San Floro has been known, since 1900, as the “Land of Figs”.
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Where to stay in San Floro? Kalos Relais
The accommodation is in the San Floro region, more precisely in Catanzaro.
- Star Rating: 9 (Wonderful!)
- Average coast: US$ 75*
- Location: close to the accommodation, you will find Catanzaro Lido (15km), Lake Passante (40km) and the Sila Piccola mountain (42km).
- Address: Via Vincenzo Padula, 25/B, Martelletto di Settingiano, 88040 Catanzaro, Itália
- Services: free parking, free WiFi, and outdoor pool
- Breakfast: Yes
- (*) the value is an average of the daily rate for two people; values may vary according to the season, without prior notice.
Where to eat in San Floro? Tenuta Gironda Agriturismo San Floro
In this simple, but cozy place, you will eat real local food!! With a taste of authenticity 🙂
- Address: Contrada Gironda, 3, 88021 San Floro CZ, Itália
- Site: https://tenuta-gironda-agriturismo-san-floro.business.site/
- Opening Hours: 12:30 – 15:00 e 19:30 – 22:30 – closed on sunday
- Telefone: +39 349 418 0425
Curiosities about the Sunflower
Stay now with our CURIOSITIES section…
Why does the sunflower ‘turn’ to the sun?
This is because the plant captures the greatest possible amount of solar energy to absorb more light and to be able to manufacture energy. Its flower is actually a set that can hold up to 2,000 microflowers that are in the circle between the petals. When it identifies the sun’s rays, auxin (plant hormones) – which is present in the plant’s cells – changes to the unlighted part of the plants, as if it ‘fled’ from the light. For this reason, the flower turns towards the sun. After the sun goes down, this effect stops and the sunflower returns to its original position. But this ‘back-and-forth spins’ only last until the vegetable blooms, after that the plant is always facing east.
The Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is a plant that blooms annually and is part of the family of Asteraceae, tribe Heliantheae. It is cultivated, not only for its beauty, but also for its oil and its edible fruits. It has large flowers, ranging from 30 cm and can reach 3 meters in height. They are plants that came from North America, where indigenous peoples cultivated it; other cultures considered it the sun god.
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Discover the only Calabrian sunflower field in San Floro. For those who love sunflowers, nature and peaceful places, San Floro is the ideal place. Ah, remember to take the camera; now, a golden tip is to visit the fields at strategic times, such as during sunset: it is AWESOME!
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