Welcome back to Six Weeks of Summer: Postcards from Italy where we take you on a journey to our favorite and most captivating destinations in our home country of Italy. This is our tribute… our love letter. We hope that you feel inspired and that this series instills that magnificent sense of wanderlust that always leads to the best adventures.
As an added bonus, over the next 6 weeks, every purchase at Shop Aurifil containing one or more Color Builder collections will be entered for a chance to win a prize package valued over $550! Package includes goodies from Aurifil, Moda Fabrics, Oliso, OLFA, and Soak.
“Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.”– Henry James
Florence is always a good idea, especially during summer when the city comes to life– there is a little something for everyone. The birthplace of the Renaissance and home to prolific artists Leonardo Da Vinci, Dante, and Michelangelo, walking the streets is like soaking up bits of history.
We start our day in Piazza San Lorenzo to witness a historical parade where locals don mediaeval costumes in celebration of the feast of St. Lawrence (San Lorenzo). The parade winds through the streets and the overall mood is that of joy and festive cheer. It’s the perfect way to kick off the day, particularly before the heat settles in!
From there, we head to the Duomo, which is only a few minutes walk away. While we’ve heard about the sprawling city vistas from the top, we’re certain that 400+ steps would be too arduous on this hot summer day. We settle for a short tour through the cathedral, soaking up the cool air radiating from the marble within and getting lost in the magnificence of Brunelleschi’s famous dome.
While we know that a visit to the Uffizi Gallery would be wise, we opt instead for a jaunt over to the River Urban Beach where the banks of the Arno River has been converted to an urban beach. The cool water has never felt quite so refreshing!
Our day ends with a gelato on Ponte Vecchio. We make sure to look up at the night sky and prepare a wish– San Lorenzo is also the night of the shooting stars!
— The Florentine dialect is the basis for Standard Italian language and was officially made the national language during the Kingdom of Italy.
— Gelato was invented in Florence in the 16th century by Cosimo Ruggieri.
— The piano was invented in Florence by Bartolomeo Cristofori.
Our Florence set features 3 shades of 50wt thread in 2312, 6010, & 2360. They coordinate perfectly with the Linen, Toast, & Chocolate Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics shown above. For a bit of creative inspiration, make sure to grab the Italian Color Builders EPP Pattern (shown above) by Aurifil’s own Kate Brennan and the Ponte Vecchio block (shown below) by Tiffany Sepulveda via the buttons below.
As a reminder, over the next few weeks, every purchase at Shop Aurifil containing one or more Color Builder collections will be entered for a chance to win a prize package valued over $550! Package includes goodies from Aurifil, Moda Fabrics, Oliso, OLFA, and Soak. Winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email after the close of the series.