The partially-restored ruins of Dona Laurinda Santos Lobo's home (©Criss Paranhos Fotografia/iStock/Thinkstock)
The neighbourhood of Santa Teresa is best explored on foot, to admire the colonial buildings or stop for a drink in a street-side café and marvel at the view. The better colonial houses, most of which are private residences, include Casa de Valentim (a castle-like house), the tiled Chácara dos Viegas, in Rua Monte Alegre, and the Chalé Murtinho. The latter was the house in which Dona Laurinda Santos Lobo held her famous artistic, political and intellectual salons at the turn of the 20th century. The house was in ruins until it was partially restored and turned into a cultural centre, Parque das Ruínas.