Petrópolis: The Historic Royal Getaway

By Milli Legrain, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Nestled in the hills of the Serra dos Órgãos, the glorious old imperial city of Petrópolis can be found just an hour's drive from downtown Rio. Founded in 1843 by Emperor Dom Pedro II as he sought refuge from the summer heat, the city boasts streets lined with the kind of stunning pastel-colored mansions and quaint iron bridges that would rival any historic European city.

A definite European . . .

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