Stay 1 Day + : TOURISTIC SPOTS
A.) ‘4C’ GUIDE
Café, Cachaça, Chopp e Cerveja
(Coffee, Sugarcane liquor, Draft Beer and Craft Beer)
Since its foundation, Ribeirão Preto has received several titles linked to its economic strength. In the past it was considered one of the most important coffee producing centers in Brazil. Thanks to their importance, the great producers became known as the Coffee Barons
With the decline of the coffee culture in the region and the rise of the sugar cane culture, Ribeirão Preto became the center of great mills and an important producer of sugarcane derivatives such as Cachaça with extensive product lines, including for export. Another product that gave fame to the city is the chopp (draft beer) that has now gained space and respect, with products that have already won international awards.
1. Polo Cervejeiro RP – Ribeirão Preto Brewing Pole
Founded in 2016, The Ribeirão Preto Brewing Pole is a group of micro brewries that form the highest concentration of water, malt and hops per m².
Their mission is to promote the already existing beer culture passion in Ribeirão Preto and its region of influence (commercial and service), arousing and spreading interest in the appreciation of different beer flavors and styles for its history, its production process and its relationship with fun and socialization.
The tradition and large amount of craft breweries that exists today in Ribeirão Preto makes the city one of the largest in beer culture in Brazil. Invicta, Walfänger, Lund, Pratinha, Weird Barrel, SP 330 and Nacional are the Microbreweries that work together on actions of common interest to gain strength and representativenes, and to also consolidate and grow the city’s Brewing Pole. If you’re a beer lover or need a drink to stay cool during your stay in the city, Do pay them a visit! Cheers.
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B.) Cultural Guide
1. Museu Casa de Portinari – Caminhos de Portinari.
(Cândido Portinari’s House Museum Art Tour – “Portinari’s Paths”)
If you didn’t know, now you do: Brodowski, in the Ribeirão Preto Metropolitan Region, is a hometown of the famous painter Cândido Portinari. He is considered one of the most important Brazilian painters as well as a prominent and influential practitioner of the neo-realism style in painting.
Located in the northeastern region of the state of São Paulo, the city of Brodowski has its history deeply linked to the expansion projects of the Mogiana Railways Company in the late 19th century. Cutting the lands of the Belo Monte Farm, between Jardinópolis and Batatais, the “Engenheiro Brodowski” station – later only “Brodowski” – was inaugurated in September 1894. The name is a tribute to the Polish engineer Alexandre Brodowski, responsible for forwarding the order, along with other local farmers, to Cia. Mogiana for the construction of the station.This city of 23,780 inhabitants, which is just 35 kilometers from Ribeirão Preto, currently receives about 48,000 tourists per year. Known as the “Pineapple Land”, today it no longer produces the rich fruits that bear its flag, but retains the memory of being the cradle of the greatest Brazilian painter – Candido Portinari.
Rich in Cultural Tourism, Brodowski city has important attractions such as:
· Museu Casa de Portinari (Portinari’s House Museum): Former residence of Cândido Portinari in Brodowski, the Casa de Portinari Museum represents the artist’s strong connection with his homeland, origins and family ties. It is the place where he performed his experiments with mural paintings and deepened his technique over the years.
· Capela de Santo Antônio (St. Anthony’s Chapel): Located in Candido Portinari Square, it was the first parish church of the municipality. The Chapel houses the oil painting on canvas Saint Anthony carrying the baby Jesus in his arms, made by the great artist. According to family members, the work was done by the painter to pay a promise made for the restoration of the health of his son, João Cândido. As a condition of the donation of the canvas, Portinari asked that it should never be taken from the chapel.
·Capela da Nona (Chapel of the Ninth): In 1940 Portinari had a chapel built next to the house of grandmother Pelegrina, who, due to her age and ill health, could not get to the church to pray. On the walls are the grandmother’s favorite saints, portrayed by the artist with the face of friends and relatives.
· Praça dos Expedicionários / Igreja Matriz “Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Expeditionary Square / “Nossa Senhora Aparecida” Mother Church): In the Expeditionary Square, where the Mother Church is located, the granite monument was erected in honor of the city’s patron saint, Our Lady Aparecida. Two obelisks were erected in the public square to mark the participation of Brodowski’s sons in military campaigns.
· Antiga Estação Ferroviária (Old Railway Station): The “Engenheiro Brodowski” station dating from 1894 was built before the first chapel, where the whole process of the city began. It is next to her that the “Primo Baggio” bus terminal was installed. In the station is the exhibition “The Brodowski Station, Historical Heritage”, rescuing the railway memory of the interior of São Paulo.
· Praça das Artes (Arts Square): place where visitors can check out works by artist Adélio Sarro, whose sculptures honor Portinari, the Immigrants, the coffee shop and the railways.
· Seminário Maria Imaculada (Mary Immaculate Seminary): Its foundation stone laid in December 1952 at the initiative of the Bishop December 1961. With a built area of 16,000 square meters, the Seminary occupies a small area of the initial 44 acres of the former Silver Farm.
Being in Brodowski and Ribeirão Preto region and not experiencing the ‘Caminhos de Portinari’ (‘Portinari Paths‘) tour is the same as going to Rome and not seeing The Pope.
The Portinari Paths’ tour is a small expression of Portinari roots and origins, and it is a way of connecting the landscapes of the city of Brodowski, as a territory of memory of artist Cândido Portinari and the community, which will broaden the understanding of the memories of his past as recurring and referential themes in his art work. This tour also allows the visitor to know the simple truths and the great feelings linked to the strong presence of his homeland, his place of refuge and inspiration, in the painter’s life and artworks.
The path starts at the Museu Casa de Portinari (Portinari’s House Museum) and then to other places, which are: The Candido Portinari Square, The Chapel of St. Anthony, Lauro J. Almeida Pinto Bandstand, The Old Train Station and The Public Animal Drinking Fountain.
So take a few hours to connect with Brodowski’s cityscapes as a tribute to Artist Portinari’s hometown and the local community. For more information, visit:
Crafts’ Fair of Bandeiras’ Square
It has more than 30 years of activities and was created with the aim of encouraging art in the city of Ribeirão Preto. At the beginning of its activities, the fair operated daily and had an average of 150 artisans occupying much of Praça da Bandeira (Bandeira Square). In 2009, the Fair was restructured and transferred to the parking lot of the square that was renovated and adapted to this new location of the artisans.
Crafts’ Fair of Sete de Setembro Square
It happens weekly on Saturdays, under the coordination of the Art Life Association. The Sete de Setembro Square Fair has several activities focused on crafts as an artistic expression. The Fair is an excellent option to get acquainted with the handicraft work of various types, among them: paper, wood and straw sculptures, canvas painting, crochet, colored sand art, ceramics, lace, embroidery, among others.
Marp – Museum of Art of Ribeirão Preto
Inaugurated on December 22, 1992, with the aim of gathering and recovering all the plastic art collection of the City Hall, such as the set of works by artists Leonello Berti and Nair Opromolla. Throughout its existence it has hosted several exhibitions with representative Brazilian artists, such as Alfredo Volpi, Arthur Bispo do Rosário, Bassano Vaccarini, Cristina Barroso, Dudi Maia Rosa, Edouard Fraipont, Fábio Miguez, Francisco Amêndola, Franz Weissmann, Iberê Camargo, Laura Vinci, Leda Catunda, Luiz Hermano, Odilla Mestriner, Paulo Whitaker, Pedro Manuel-Gismondi, Rosana Monnerat, Sandra Cinto, Sérgio Romagnolo, Sérgio Sister, Siron Franco, Tomie Ohtake and many others.
Built in the early 1950’s, the Coffee Museum is known for keeping the most important collection of pieces from the State of São Paulo on the History of Coffee. Its collection consists of large sculptures, ox cars, trolleys, coffee, and photos of the golden coffee period in the region of Ribeirão Preto.
Idealized and built by Jaime Zeiger, it was built on a half-slope, in an area of approximately 6 thousand square meters. It was the first arena theater built in the interior of the State of São Paulo. It was restored by gaining new lighting, electronic ratchets, elevator, accessibility, new dressing rooms, bathrooms enlargement, coverage in the food area, new flooring and signage. It has capacity for 2,100 people seated and parking for 70 cars.
Flanked by dense vegetation with all the refinements of Japanese landscaping, it offers a scenery composed of lakes, flowers, bridges, benches, kiosks and ornamental plants of Japanese origin donated by the colony settled in the city.
It is named Park Mayor Luiz Roberto Jábali – The environmental complex of 152 thousand square meters of vegetation is the largest leisure area of the city being ideal for walks and hikes. It has waterfalls, artificial lake and a Square of Events. Cut by hiking trails, the area is ideal for hiking and biking. The park is located in an area of former basalt farm. The park also has a space for outdoor performances, with a stage and capacity for 20 thousand people. At the entrance is the parking, with capacity for 200 cars.