I made a reservation in Riema Saint Charbel for 2 nights one week in advance, and received two confirmation’s e-mails, the last one the very day of my arrival. For my surprise, once there (1:30 am), the person on the front desk said very naturally that they had a problem, so they could not offer a room as promised. This... More
Known for its Italian cantinas, Bela Vista is the place to go for great pasta. Also called “Bixiga”, the area is an important cultural part of the city, with the bohemian and the religious costumes of its inhabitants on full display. In August, the large Nossa Senhora Achiropita party fills the streets with a variety of Italian food and music. You can experience the liveliness of the neighborhood walking through the antiquities fair at Dom Orione Square or visiting the “Brazilian Caminito”, a version of the Argentinian street complete with colorful buildings. Bela Vista is also home to the traditional samba school “Vai-Vai”. Buy a ticket to a rehearsal and get a taste of what Carnival is like.