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Just before World Cup madness took over, Frida Giannini was able to leisurely jet set all over Brazil. First stop: São Paulo. “This city is full of contrasts — glass skyscrapers, intense traffic, but also pockets of lush vegetation and quiet enclaves,” she says. She came for the opening of the “Forever Now” Gucci exhibition at JK Iguatemi Empresa, “a three-story, modern luxury mall.” And in between work appearances, she found time for some R&R. There was, for instance, Ibirapuera Park: “Like New York’s Central Park, this is a green oasis in the middle of the city.” Different hotels offered different perks — The Skye bar on the top floor of the Unique Hotel “has some of the most spectacular views of the city” while The Fasano’s decor is “warm, handsome, understated and the ground-floor bar has something old-world about it, but is very modern at the same time. I hear its Caipirinha is the best in the city.” From there, it was off to Rio de Janeiro. Go to the Pergola, the airy poolside restaurant inside the Copacabana Palace Hotel — “Perfect for a long, easy lunch.” Or to CT Boucherie, “a little bit of Paris in the Le Blon neighborhood, one of the chicest addresses in Rio.” But, really, it was the city’s character that left a lasting impression: “You immediately see the spirit of the people here — warm, fun, smiling. Coming from the south of Italy, I can strongly relate to this passion for life.”

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