The Summer Express Goes to Lake Como
When life gives you a lake, slip into '80s-inspired swimwear and go into the blue with dreamboats Andrea and Paolo Faccio.
Breathtaking views, perfectly trimmed cypress trees and low clouds hugging majestic emerald-green mountains. It's hard, impossible actually, not to fall in love with Lake Como. The famous enclave lies just an hour north of Milan, but feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the north Italian metropolis. In the scenic and picturesque lakeside town of Varenna you feel invited to ponder about the big things in life, a pondering that comes to an early end when The Summer Express rolls into town with Nuria Val and Andrea and Paolo Faccio on board.
"We love to travel and discover the world," Nuria says about their shared passions: "I'm so impressed by Lake Como, I didn’t expect it to be this big and wild," she continues.
Here to live La Dolce Vita, the Venice-born and Milan-based influencers have brought Nuria along to celebrate summer the Italian way; with early-morning macchiatos, lunch in the pergola, afternoon boat rides and taking in the views from every angle.
The 24-year-old twins are born three minutes apart, share wardrobes, are (basically) identical, and work with the same things.
WHAT IS IT LIKE GROWING UP WITH A TWIN?
PAOLO: "Having a twin is like having a clone of yourself! We've lived through all the same experiences and shared everything. You have a brother and a best friend in one person."
ANDREA: "It's like living every day with your best friend and worst enemy... It's quite intense."
We've lived through all the same experiences and shared everything. You have a brother and a best friend in one person.
WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT SUMMER IN ITALY?
PAOLO: "Sun, sea, good food and beautiful places."
ANDREA: "The massive grilled fish dinners at our grandpa's place."
WHAT MAKES LAKE COMO THE PERFECT SUMMER ESCAPE?
PAOLO: "Lake Como is perfect for a summer getaway! I think it's a magical and suggestive place."
ANDREA: "Lake Como is perfect if you want to enjoy summer with the elegant and sophisticated lifestyle Italy can offer. Coming here feels like being teleported to a film from the '50s."
In head-turning outfits, the trio leave their holiday home in the most stylish way possible – on board a wooden Riva Super Florida.
In bright-coloured swim trunks, oversized short-sleeved shirts, canvas shoes and rolled up tube socks, the brothers' Lake Como looks draw inspiration from the '80s and one of recent year's most iconic films – Call Me By Your Name. In a knot bikini and an airy cotton cover-up, Nuria's lake look is inspired by another film masterpiece, The Talented Mr. Ripley.
DESCRIBE YOUR HOLIDAY STYLE IN 3 WORDS.
NURIA: "Natural, mixed and colourful."
PAOLO: "Easy, practical and not trivial."
ANDREA: "I really think two are more than enough: easy and practical."
WHAT WILL YOU WEAR THIS SUMMER?
PAOLO: "I like to keep it simple: T-shirts or short-sleeved shirts with Bermuda shorts."
ANDREA: "I’ll wear my summertime uniform: white tees paired with cargo shorts or cotton or linen chinos."
WHAT ARE YOUR BEST STYLE TIPS?
NURIA: "Be comfortable and be open to change your style depending on your feelings and travels."
PAOLO: "To always be yourself and never follow the masses."
ANDREA: "Keep it basic and fresh. And don't wear more than three colours at once."
Fashion's favourite twins know everything about each other. During an early afternoon luncheon, we asked Andrea and Paolo to let Nuria – and the rest of us – find out even more about them, and what they think of each other.
WHO'S THE BETTER DRESSER?
ANDREA: "Me for sure, but Paolo is quicker to get ready."
PAOLO: "I don't know! We have the same clothes, but yes, I'm quicker."
WHO'S YOUR PARENTS FAVOURITE?
ANDREA: "Paolo for sure, I’m the evil twin."
PAOLO: "I think it's Andrea, but sometimes they prefer our dog Felipe."
WHAT'S THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS SUMMER MEMORY YOU HAVE TOGETHER?
ANDREA: "Ipotesi due: it's better to skip on this, trust me."
PAOLO: "No comment!"
PAOLO, WHAT'S ANDREA'S MOST ANNOYING HABIT?
"Sometimes it's hard to talk to him. He's so stubborn."
AND ANDREA, WHAT'S PAOLO'S?
"Sometimes he's too easy-going."
IF YOU COULD STEAL ONE PIECE OUT OF EACH OTHERS WARDROBES – WHAT WOULD YOU TAKE?
ANDREA: " A vintage leather jacket that he never lets me borrow."
PAOLO: "He has a beautiful pair of shoes that I never get to use."
IF YOU COULD ONLY EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
ANDRA: "Carpaccio for sure!"
PAOLO: "Tiramisu and ice cream."
ANDREA, WHAT'S PAOLO'S BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE?
"He's always wearing grey tees and black trousers, so I don't know."
PAOLO, WHAT'S ANDREA'S BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE?
"Honestly I don't know, but he is always wearing shirts, which I think is too serious."
Cue the pizza, pasta, gelato, the espresso breaks and peach picking sessions – cue the endless views. The Faccio brothers are as Italian as they come and give us their best tips for spending summer in the Bel Paese.
WHAT TO EAT
PAOLO: "Pasta alla Busera! It's paradise."
ANDREA: "If it's on the menu, I'm never able to resist carpaccio, especially with a little parmesan on top!"
WHAT TO SEE
BOTH: "During summer in our region, Veneto, there are a lot of countryside festivals where you can eat really good local seafood-based recipes. That's so defining for summer at home!"
WHAT TO SAY
PAOLO: "'Qual’ è il migliore ristorante italiano nelle vicinanze?', which means 'What's the best Italian restaurant nearby?'"
ANDREA: "Just one word – 'pasta.'"
WHAT TO DO IN COMO
PAOLO: "You need to discover the beautiful villas and the mysterious waters. You must visit some of the villas that line the lake."
ANDREA: "Como has an incredible blend of nature and elegance, and the best thing to do is renting a boat and going to the centre of the lake to best enjoy the clear blue water and amazing landscape."
What better time to reignite the rivalry between two great nations than right before parting ways? Luckily, this contest ends in a tie.
PIZZA OR TAPAS?
PAOLO: " Pizza pizza pizza!"
PIRLO OR INIESTA?
PAOLO: "Pirlo the maestro! His feet are poetry."
ANDREA: "Pirlo is what people from Brescia call spritz... and Cynar Spritz is my favourite aperitivo [laughs]!"
MALLORCA OR SICILY?
NURIA: "Sicily because of Etna and Stromboli."
ANDREA & PAOLO: "Sicily."
SANGIOVESE OR RIOJA?
ANDREA & PAOLO: "Sangiovese"
THE COLOSSEUM OR LA SAGRADA FAMILIA?
NURIA: "La Sagrada Familia."
ANDREA & PAOLO: "The Colosseum, of course."
PHOTO Jacqueline Harriet
STYLING Ellen Pålsson Norberg
MAKEUP Veronica Aldrin | Mikas Looks
HAIR Joanna Rask | Mikas Looks
PRODUCTION Koster Production