The Bixiga neighbourhood, located in the Bela Vista district in Sao Paulo, emerged around 1870 when a landowner decided to divide his farm into lots. The area was then entirely populated by Italian immigrants, mostly from Calabria, lending this charming neighbourhood many of is characteristics and traditions from this boot-shaped country including narrow streets and lanes full of taverns, pizzerias and handicraft stores. Today, Bixiga comprises the popular haunt of artists and intellectuals, lovers of culture and, of course, boasts the stronghold of Italian cuisine.
Bixiga District Highlights
Deep in the Tijuca Forest , the largest urban forest in the world, visitors will find the exclusive Tuakaza Guesthouse in Rio de Janeiro. Described by guests as “a paradise”, views of the Pedra da Gávea and the sea in Rio de Janeiro can be enjoyed from this luxury boutique hotel in the Marvelous City. The best thing of all is that all of this can be admired from the hotel’s two pools complete with a natural waterfall. The 1500m² Tuakaza Guesthouse with a “make yourself at home” motto (tuakaza meaning your home), was designed by renowned architect Zanine. It is decorated with Brazilian art pieces, and boasts a rustic and sophisticated atmosphere. Finally, it overlooks Atlantic forest making it the perfect option for nature lovers.
The city of Salvador in Bahia boasts an authentic blend of two strong cultures which comprises a great reflection of the city itself and the people who live there. In the old town of Santo Antonio Além do Carmo, in the cidade alta de Salvador (Upper City) there is an exotic and unique boutique hotel called the Aram Yami Hotel. The highlight of this lovely hotel is the stunning views, the most impressive on the Bay of all Saints.
Salvador Old Town