Praca da Matriz, Itu

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The centerpiece of Itu’s historic center, Praca da Matriz has an inimitable charm, combining the old and the new to form a picturesque town square. The plaza is home to the city’s mother church, the Igreja Matriz, as well as a variety of 19th century houses and, notably, a bizarre collection of oversized objects that are well-known across the country. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Itu holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Praca da Matriz and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Has a gazebo, several tourist spots is located in the city center, restaurants, churches, has the praça do Carmo which is close.
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  • Traditional place, have their own traditions and a lot of good stuff to see but I still place that needs further care because it is one of the attractions of the city.
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  • After the tour of the Chocolate Farm, went through the city of Itu to meet the giant objects that made the fame of the city. A tour desk, we received an indication to go to Plaza San Miguel, tb called Praça da Matriz. Is a beautiful square, interior, with a gazebo, and a beautiful church of our Lady of Candelaria. The square, well wooded has 3 giant objects: a traffic light (functional), a pay phone and a souvenir shop, which sits in a corner, a phone. Apparently secure, full of tourists, it's a good ride, for some good shots, and to get some ice cream (there are 3 locations), including a big popsicle sold on souvenir shop on the corner. And well worth spend in the store, which sells items that give fame to town, all big, like comb, pencil, rubber, etc.
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