Fodor's Expert Review Parque Lage

Inland Zona Sul Garden/Arboretum
Free Fodor's Choice

This lush green space down the road from Jardim Botânico was acquired by Antônio Martins Lage Jr., whose grandson, Henrique Lage, fell head-over-heels in love with the Italian singer Gabriela Bezanzoni. The magnificent palace he had constructed for her was completed in 1922; the impressive mansion and grounds were turned into a public park in 1960. A visual-arts school and a café occupy the mansion. On the grounds are small aquariums and a few caves that have stalactites and stalagmites. If you want to tackle Corcovado on foot to make your pilgrimage to see Christ the Redeemer, start in Parque Lage; trails are clearly marked, though you shouldn't go alone.

Garden/Arboretum Romantic Views Free Family Arts/Performance Venue Building/Architectural Site Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Rua Jardim Botânico 414
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro  22461–000, Brazil

021-3257–1800

www.eavparquelage.rj.gov.br

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