While Rio de Janeiro is the sunny shiny magnate for tourists São Paulo is rather a financial and business center for the upcoming state of Brazil. That means that some museums only have displays in Portuguese and it’s rather hard to find a decent postcard. But the magic of São Paulo happens behind doors, in the families, at restaurants, concerts and on the roof. Especially on one roof, on top of Edificio Italia, where you have the grandest view of a metropolis you could ever imagine.
The Italian building, as you can translate it, ist he second largest building in town. I wonder what offices are all stuffed into these 44 floors. As I know of at least the Circolo Italiano Foundation, which is something like the Bitish Council or the Centre Culturel Français . And there is a restaurant on the top floor, which you will steer to straight away. Because on its platform you can go on the roundabout Terraço Italia for taking pictures. There is a „happy hour“ around 3 o’clock midday, if I recall right, in which you can access the terrace for free. Elsewhise you gotta pay, if I remember right 15 reais, which is about 6 Euro, quite reasonable. And interesting enough it is not a major touristy spot, Alongside to me there were only two couples taking pictures, so it’s a very worthwhile place to discover.
I spent quite some time up there, waiting for the light to come and go. For trying various cameras and films and just watching the scenery. Sometimes you see some helicopters passing by. Which is a common mean of transport for the upper class. Arguably but comprehensible, it is surely safer for the rich not to cross through streets on their way home. And seeing such an landscape everyday on your way to work is truly worth the fortune you are spending on it. You can also see pools on top of skyscrapers and the world famous Edifico Copan by Oskar Niemeyer. There are buses going the Italian building, but it surely is a good choice to take a taxi-cab from a crossing point of the public transport.