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Imperial Museum Alexandre Peixoto - Photo: Arquivo Turisrio
Imperial Museum Alexandre Peixoto - Photo: Arquivo Turisrio

Palaces and mansions open to the public, such as the Imperial Museum, tell stories of royalty through collections or shows, such as Som e Luz. Historical buildings frame Petrópolis and refer to the period of the Brazilian Empire.

It was thanks to the heat that Petrópolis was founded and entered the tourist map. Irritated by the high temperatures of the then federal capital, Rio de Janeiro, Dom Pedro II and all royalty sought the mild climate of the mountain to spend the summer months. Palaces were erected in droves and today the city preserves several buildings of this kind, some open to visitors.

This imperial atmosphere, combined with stunning mountain landscapes, made tourism in the city grow, bringing people in search of refinement and tranquility, transforming the destination into a hub of charming inns and first-rate cuisine. In GUIA BRASIL 2015, Petrópolis tops the list of cities with the highest number of accommodations that have received the charm seal - there are seven in all. In the gastronomic area, there are five stars.

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