Petropolis

The two faces

Conheça as duas faces de Petrópolis em uma mesma ocasião: hospede-se no mais belo recanto rural do município, o Vale das Videiras,e visite o Centro Histórico da única Cidade Imperial da América Latina.

Petrópolis rural

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Considered by the specialized magazine as "the most beautiful ecological stronghold of the countryside of Petrópolis," the Valley of the Vines is in Araras Alto, between the Sierra de Araras and the Serra da Ponte Funda.

In a report on "The New Refuges da Serra Fluminense," the journalist Patricia Malavez, the SEE RIO magazine highlights:

"Ten years ago, Itaipava, the trendiest district of Petropolis, was synonymous with peace. Existed cozy inns, quality restaurants and a minimum of shopping, but what was needed was the beautiful mountains, the lush green, the mild climate, around 15 degrees, with cold drops of up to 8 degrees. Nightlife was virtually nonexistent, and who cared? It sought there the pleasure of taking a wine to the warmth of the fireplace, silence filled with sounds of nature, infinitely starry sky. Today, inns and restaurants have multiplied in the region came the malls and night, at least on weekends, is a child you want. The nature remains lush, there are enchanted places for sightseeing, but the pioneers, those who really want to forget the city, enjoy a rural atmosphere, no longer are content to stick around. For this, it's great that Itaipava is close, twenty minute drive. At least. Those seeking to rest that was once the leading brand of Itaipava For other spaces in the mountains of Serra. Places like the Valley of the Vines, the top of Araras, a paradise for those who enjoy trails in the Atlantic Forest, silent nights and a dash of urban comfort. "

Situated between two environmentally protected area (Ecological Reserve of Araras and Environmental Protection Zone Funda Bridge), the Valley of the Vines is rich in nature: streams, waterfalls, various species of plants and animals.

In Brazil Cologne, and then in the Empire, the lands now known as "Valley of the Vines" belonged to the then District of brooms today adjacent municipality. Unfit for the coffee culture, these lands served only as a gateway for travelers coming or going from Rio de Janeiro to Petrópolis and Vassouras, Secretary, Juiz de Fora and Minas Gerais land. In the last years of the Empire, the Rispoli and Imbeloni families from the south of Italy, tried to producing grapes in the region, emerging hence the name "Valley of the Vines".

Today, the Valley of the Vines produces vegetables, fruits, honey, milk, rabbits, mushrooms and many other rural products used by restaurants called "Gourmet Valley".

Around the small urban center in the Valley of the Vines, find a gazebo, school, pharmacy, gas station, pizzeria and decoration and craft stores. Dirt roads and beautiful trails leave from there and go through mountains, forests, streams and old farms. Are centuries old paths leading to places like the Valley of the Princess, the Emperor Road, English Finance and Rocio. In another sense, other dirt roads undergo tomato plantations, until you reach Paty do Alferes, Miguel Pereira, the Secretary and Paraíba do Sul. They are devoted to ecological tours horseback riding, walking, bicycle, motorcycle or vans with all-wheel drive.

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In Brazil Cologne, and then in the Empire, the lands now known as "Valley of the Vines" belonged to the then District of brooms today adjacent municipality. Unsuitable for coffee culture, these lands only served as gateway for travelers coming or going from Rio de Janeiro to Petrópolis and Vassouras, Secretary, Juiz de Fora and Minas Gerais land. In the last years of the Empire, the Rispoli and Imbeloni families from the south of Italy, tried to grape production in the region, emerging hence the name "Valley of the Vines".

Today, the Valley of the Vines produces vegetables, fruits, honey, milk, rabbits, mushrooms and many other rural products used by restaurants called "Gourmet Valley".

Around the small urban center in the Valley of the Vines, find a gazebo, school, pharmacy, gas station, pizzeria and decoration and craft stores. Dirt roads and beautiful trails leave from there and go through mountains, forests, streams and old farms. are centenarians paths leading to places like the Valley of the Princesses, Road Emperor, English Finance and Rocio. In another sense, other dirt roads undergo tomato plantations, until you reach Paty do Alferes, Miguel Pereira, the Secretary and Paraíba do Sul. They are devoted to ecological tours horseback riding, walking, cycling, motorcycle or vans with wheel drive four wheels.

The History Center

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Petropolis is unquestionably one of the main tourist destinations of Brazil and the State of Rio de Janeiro. The "Guia 4 Rodas" classifies its historic center with maximum price (four red stars, equivalent to "not let go").

The Brazil Imperial history keeps memories center on imposing buildings, especially the Imperial Museum, the palace built in neoclassical style by D. Pedro II for summer residence. Among other outstanding pieces, there are the crown, the robe and the scepter of King Pedro II, as well as paintings, furniture, documents and imperial jewels.

Worth visiting again:

Crystal Palace - built in France in pre-molded cast iron structure, was opened in 1884 to house exhibitions of agricultural and horticultural products. His defining moment was the celebration of the liberation of slaves (1 April 1988), which was attended by Princess Isabel;

• Rio Negro Palace - built in 1889 by the Baron of Rio Negro. Also known as "House of Presidents" for having become, from 1903 in official summer residence of the Presidents of the Republic, there has period furniture of Getulio Vargas and Juscelino Kubitschek;

São Pedro de Alcântara Cathedral - in neo-Gothic style, keep the remains of Dom Pedro II, Dona Teresa Cristina, Conde d'Eu and Princess Isabel;

Museum Casa de Santos Dumont - was the summer residence of Aviation Father.

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Take the opportunity to walk through the streets Koeler, Ipiranga and Pedro I, with numerous well preserved old houses (Casa da Princesa Isabel, Petropolis House and House of the Baron of Mauá, among others), and stop at one of the chocolate shops and veneers that City offers.

Must also a visit to Teresa Street, the largest center for knitting of South America, with more than 1,000 stores and clothing that sell at a much lower price than in big cities.

But to meet the Imperial City Historical Center is not required to live with the problems intrinsic to a city with over 300,000 inhabitants, narrow, winding roads and even heavy traffic in access. Therefore, there is no doubt that the best option is staying in one of Petropolis districts. The Farm of Vines hostel is in Araras district and rural area (Valley of the Vines). The inn Petropolis Historic Centre are just 34 km. We can schedule sightseeing tour and guided tours with professional guides.