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Petrópolis, in the hills above Rio, is an imperial city made famous by Emperor Dom Pedro II. Although close enough for a day trip from Rio, its simple charm makes it perfect to spend a few nights away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The city was the Emperor's summer retreat in the 19th centuary and his modest palace is now an interesting museum. There are delightful rose-colored houses, many overgrown private gardens and public parks and pretty streets.

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    Pousada da Alcobaça

    Inn/Posada - Petrópolis
    A charming pousada set in the hills above Rio, where the emperor Dom Pedro II’s enjoyed his summer retreat - his modest palace is now an interesting museum. There are 11 rooms, a large pool, sauna, and spectacular gardens with many interesting plants and trees from all over the world. Personal attention from the owners Dona Laura and Sr. Miguel, who speak excellent English. Dona Laura is particularly proud of her kitchen (with reason!) where she and her staff prepare delicious food. The kitchen garden covers several acres and produces vegetables which are sold locally.

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