A district of the city of Petropolis, Itaipava was once nothing more than a stopping point for horsemen and their mounts to rest on the riverbanks of the Piabanha. This traditional "technical stop" for travellers became a Carioca habit that continues to this day: taking the car and driving up the mountain to enjoy a gourmet meal in Itaipava. Popular among hikers and antique lovers, the town is particularly attractive in the summer to escape the heat of Rio. In the cold season, people go there to experience a glimpse of winter as the temperatures drop. Fondue and wine by the fireplace became popular. The natural beauty of the landscapes offers panoramic views and the road up from Rio is splendid!
During Brazil's colonial history, Itaipava was nothing more than a stopping point for resting horses and those who led them, on a trail that led to the banks of the Piabanha River. In the fifties, the trains called Marias-fumaça started to be gradually replaced by motor vehicles. This traditional "technical stop" for travelers, for a quick meal, turned into a Carioca habit that continues to this day: to take the car and climb the mountain for a gastronomic meal in Itaipava.