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.
“This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty.”– Percy Bysshe Shelley
Lake Como is a sparkling and romantic gem in Lombardy, drawing thousands of tourists every year. It has long been a revered setting for books and films, its sparkling blue waters deemed almost iconic with its three extremities — Colico to the North, Lecco on the SouthEast side, and Como on the SouthWest.
After an espresso in Piazza duomo, we head over to Brunate. Also known as ‘the balcony of the Alps’, it is a village on the hills overlooking Como that can be seen from the city, composed of a series of Art Nouveau villas originally built by the wealthy middle class seeking some quiet away from the city centre. The ride up on the funicular is fast and fun, offering breathtaking panoramic views. We can see the lake, from shore to shore, shimmering and sparkling in the sunshine.
Inspired, we make our way back down and join a boat tour to check out the many villas located directly on the lake. Villa del Balbianello, one of the most beautiful villas with its terraced gardens and picturesque features, is famous for hosting iconic movie scenes (including James Bond and Star Wars). The breeze off the lake is magic and absolutely perfect on a hot Summer day.
Before heading home, we head over to grab a drink at the Hilton Lake Como terrace. A crisp glass of Prosecco is the perfect partner to the sound of live music and the vision of the sun setting over the lake, slowly vanishing behind the mountains.
- It’s thought that Lake Como was once home to a unique dinosaur lurking beneath the waters. Specifically, it was the Lariosaur, an aquatic beast which many call ‘Larrie’, with myths and rumours circulating that the beast still lives below to this day.
- Lake Como has been filmed many times for Hollywood movies, the most famous of which include Ocean’s Twelve, Casino Royale, and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
Our Como set features 3 shades of 50wt thread in 2770, 2735, & 2784. They coordinate perfectly with the Baby Blue, Dusk, & Nautical Blue 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 Sashiko Stitching block (shown below) by Sandra Chandler 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.