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Historical Italian Heritage

Italians made up Santa Catarina’s largest wave of immigrants. In all tourist areas, there are municipalities that were colonized by the Italians, which have typical buildings – made with long, heavy boards, some with elaborate lambrequins and others with large verandas and spectacular views. The most notable ones are the cities of Urussanga, Orleans, Rodeio, Nova Trento, Tangará, Pinheiro Preto, Ascurra and Botuverá, among others. In Nova Veneza, the biggest attraction is the area with stone houses built by the immigrants.

Vale do Contestado


Pinheiro Preto Church
Made entirely out of wood, it has typical Italian architecture.
Rua Silvino Ciarini, 535, Industriários.
Phone: (49) 3442-1772.

Treze Tílias

Linha Pinhal
Colony made up of Italian descendants that maintain their traditions in the architecture, customs and food. There are cantinas and colonial products. 10 km from the Center.

Encantos do Sul


Praça Nereu Ramos
Located in the region which had the town’s first commercial establishments. In the vicinity, there are various structures of importance historical value, such as the São José Cathedral and the Culture House. The walkway of the square is also the stage for the Criciúma Book Fair, in August.

Nova Veneza

Stone houses
architectural group listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institutet (IPHAN). It includes three stone houses build by Italian immigrants in 1891. Located 2.6 km from the Center, on Via do Imigrante (old rural road which connects Nova Veneza to the District of Caravaggio). The path can covered by car (10 minutes) or on foot, passing through rural landscapes and native forests (50 minutes). Schedule a visit with the Tourist Information Center.
Rua dos Imigrantes, s/n, Centro. Phone: (48) 3436-5173 / 3436-1168.



Historical heritage
The National Immigration Routes (catalogued by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute – IPHAN) pass through Orleans. The Barzan House (building from 1929, in Palmeira Alta) is considered to be a national monument to Italian immigration. Another highlight is the Santa Otília Parish Church, built in 1922 in the same location where the colonizers erected the town’s first chapel (1866).


Vale do Rio Maior
Rural community where the main historical buildings of the town are found, highlights being the property of the Cancelier family (listed as a federal heritage site) and the Church of São Gervásio e Protásio, built by the first immigrants between 1909 and 1914 (beside SC-446). Other attractions of the community are the alternative pousadas and the houses which sell handicrafts and colonial products. To schedule visits or hire guides: (48) 3465-1664.

Historical Center
Surrounding Praça Anita Garibaldi is are the historical houses of the urban center of Urussanga. A highlight is the Nossa Senhora da Conceição Parish Church (built between 1939 and 1944), which received a marble replica from the Vatican of Michelangelo’s sculpture La Pietá.

Sítio Família Bez Fontana
Property from 1927, which includes a house, oratory, sawmill, and waterwheel mill. It is listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). Scheduled visits.
Estrada Geral Rio América Baixo, s/n, Rio América Baixo. Phone: (48) 3465-1959.


Jaraguá do Sul

Capela Duquesa de Chartres (Duchess of Chartres Chapel)
Built in 1951, listed by the Municipal Historical Heritage.
Rua Manoel Francisco Costa, s/n, Vila Chartres.

Casa Vitório Schiochet (Vitório Schiochet House)
Built of face bricks, with a stucco ceiling and arched veranda. Listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).
Rodovia municipal JGS-240 (Estrada Geral Itapocu Hansa), 8.315, Nereu Ramos.

Casa Eurides Silveira (Eurides Silveira House)
A mill driven by a waterwheel and a small collection of colonial objects are the attractions of this typically Italian residence built in 1912.
Rodovia municipal JGS-240 (Estrada Geral Itapocu Hansa), s/n, Nereu Ramos.

Serra Catarinense


Palácio Municipal (Municipal Palace)
Building with Italian architectural influence, offices of Lages City Hall. Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 7pm.
Rua Benjamin Constant, 13, Centro. Telephone: (49) 3221-1000.