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Itu

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Landmarks · Theme Parks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rome of Brazil
Witness to the beginnings of the republic, prosperous Itu features an odd claim to fame in its array of oversized objects and landmarks. Founded in 1610, Itu owes its origins to the "bandeirantes," groups of rough-riding explorers who fought their way bit by bit from the coastline into the jungles of interior Brazil during the colonial period. The discovery of natural resources transformed the area into a vital trading outpost, bringing wealth and development to the city. Today, sightseeing in Itu reveals plenty of impressive historical buildings, including a convent, a Baroque church, and several museums, along with a mishmash of architectural styles that serve as a timeline of the town's growth. A giant pay phone and stoplight represent just a few of the aforementioned larger-than-life attractions, a hallmark of the city's recent tourist appeal. Add Itu and other destinations to your itinerary using our Brazil travel itinerary planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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