About an hour's drive outside Rio, up in the mountains. Petropolis is a lovely mountain village near Rio with acccessible history, friendly people and good food. A nice respite from the noise and bustle of Rio.
Princess Isabel's House I - Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil - Princess Isabel, was eldest daughter of Emperor Dom Pedro II and Empress Dona Teresa Cristina and thus a member of the Brazilian branch of the House of Braganza (Portuguese: Bragança). Her first two children were born in this house. During her father's absences abroad, Isabel acted as regent. In her third and final regency, she actively promoted and ultimately signed a law,emancipating all slaves in Brazil.