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RIO DE JANEIRO, SAMBA MUNDIAL
A journey is always enriching. And a journey to Rio de Janeiro will remain with you forever. From Maracanã to the World Cup 2014, with stunning landscapes, eager peaks like Sugarloaf Mountain and fascinating dances like the samba, Rio de Janeiro is a world to discover on the fly, with Alitalia. Here is some advice for a champions' tour!
Brazil's colors are green and yellow and you will find them everywhere in Rio! The best way to enjoy the (many) green areas of this sparking city is from the heights of Pão de Açúcar. From the top of the granite monolith of Sugarloaf Mountain, which you can get to in what is considered one of the finest cable cars in the world, you can admire Rio, Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from nearly 400 meters above sea level.
Another amazing height for a great view of all Rio (or almost) is Pedra Bonita. From there, at over 600 meters above sea level, you can also enjoy a view of Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. Then there are the Botanic Gardens, right below Corcovado: a cool, peaceful place to relax. Obviously one of the top places to visit in Brazil is and will always be Corcovado!
Corcovado is one of the most famous granite mountains in the world and the symbol of Rio with its statue of Christ the Redeemer with outstretched arms, right at the summit. To ascend Corcovado and see the majestic Christ the Redeemer up close, you can use the charming Rack Railway, the electric train which was opened in 1884. A creative and green way of reaching the Seventh Wonder of the modern world!
COPACABANA AND SAMBA
When you land in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely want to find the nearest beach and dive into the crystal-clear waters. Nothing could be easier: in Rio there are fabulous beaches just waiting to be experienced. The most famous of all are Copacabana and Ipanema, the beach from the famous song “La garota di Ipanema” by Vinicius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
One thing is for sure: in Rio people have fun in the sea, but also on the dance floor. Brazil has samba in its blood and you will find many schools dedicated to this popular dance. To name a few: Mangueira, Unidos da Tijuca and Baija Flor. Not everyone will know that there is also an association, LIESA, the Independent League of Samba Schools of Rio de Janeiro, which organizes nothing less than the Rio Carnival.
The colorful Rio de Janeiro Carnival is a global event that attracts millions of tourists from all corners of the earth, and not by chance. Lively, exuberant, over the top: a Carnival in Rio is well worth a trip! With the samba schools that compete during the last dance in the Sambodromo, the Brazilian Carnival has a special, multi-colored aura.
Immerse yourselves in the rhythm of this traditional Rio dance in Lapa, the Rio de Janeiro district totally dedicated to dance and music. With a lively and enchanting nightlife, Lapa knows how to entertain tourists from across the globe.
WORLD CUP LIFE... WITH FEIJOADAS
2014 is a year which, in terms of football, Brazil will never forget. The World Cup 2014 began on June 12 and while we remember the World Cup, why not experience the legendary Rio stadiums again? In Rio the must-see spot is Maracanã, where Pelé scored his thousandth goal, O Milésimo.
If you get hungry between one tour and the next, don't worry: try feijoadas, a kind of bean stew the main ingredients of which, apart from black beans, include pork.
On the other hand, for dessert, Beijinhos de coco, simple, tasty milk and grated coconut cakes, and brigadeiros, fancy chocolate truffles, reign supreme. Then, when you fancy a drink, all you need is a sip of coconut water, which must be drunk from the coconut!
See how inviting Rio de Janeiro is! Discover it now, with Alitalia!