Copacabana Palace

Where Rio Starts
By: Francisca Mattéoli
Photography by Tuca Reinés
256 pages
10 x 
12 in. 
 (254 x 
305 mm.), 
Full-color and black and white photographs throughout 
ISBN: 978-0-86565-436-5
US $85 / 
CAN $116 / 
GBP £75
PUBLISHED: Dec, 2023

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Celebrate 100 years and explore the stories behind the iconic Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro— its cinematic views, star–studded guests, legendary parties, and carnival chic.

This sumptuous book tells the legendary story of Copacabana Palace Hotel, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, from its extraordinary beginnings to the contemporary and stylish destination that it is today. Themed chapters and exquisite photography explore how the hotel has been a part of Rio de Janeiro life for 100 years—from its opening in 1923, when there were few other buildings in the area, to the golden age of Hollywood glamour, the extraordinary free concert on Copacabana Beach given by the Rolling Stones in 2006 (with more than 1.5 million people attending), and beyond. Affectionately dubbed “the Copa” by cariocas (locals) and guests alike, the hotel is famous for events such as the Carnival balls in February and the celebrations at New Year’s Eve, when everyone flocks to Copacabana Beach. Events and stories such as these are featured in this stylish book, which also includes specially commissioned photography that reveals the hotel’s stunning cinematic views, magnificent design, and extraordinary guests. Capturing the magic of one of the world’s most fabulous destinations, this book is a story of people and a culture—of both old–world elegance and contemporary flamboyance.

Francisca Mattéoli was born in Santiago, Chile, to a Chilean father and Scottish mother. After living for many years in Brazil, she now resides in Paris as a respected travel writer. Her work has been published in magazines such as National Geographic France and Condé Nast Traveler, and her previous books, including Hotel Stories and Extraordinary Voyages, have been translated into many languages.

Tuca Reinés is a fine art photographer specializing in fashion, portraiture, architecture, and design. Based in Los Angeles and New York, he frequently appears in the leading publications for which he also shoots, including Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE Decor, Wallpaper*, and others.

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