Welcome to the Sítio Roda D’Água and to more than a century of history! Welcome to Brotas, capital of Adventure Tourism and of Nature!
Brotas flourished with the expansion of the coffee belt throughout the interior of São Paulo, which began in the second half of the 19th century. In 1885, the Estrada de Ferro Rio Claro Co. [Rio Claro Railway Company] inaugurated the nearby station "Campo Alegre" (currently Bela Vista) next to the Sítio Roda D'Água, where one can still see trains pass through. In 1900, the city already had ten thousand inhabitants.
The Sítio Roda D'Água began with the dream of Vaspasiano Puntoni, a young Italian from Tuscany. In contrast to his agricultural compatriots in coffee farming, Puntoni installed the city’s first tannery here. The place was called "Little Tuscany". In the 1920s, the brothers Luís and Otávio Gueller bought the property. They inaugurated a corn mill for the production of maize flour (the current “natural shower”, where the guests usually swim, is located in the ruins of this old stone mill). The small business provided for the Italian colony of Brotas, particularly those who lived in the surroundings of the so-called “polenta road” next to the inn.
In 1933, this property was bought by Modesto Surian, another Italian descendant, who continued with the leather business. In the seventies, Rogério Mauro and his wife Vera, grandchildren of Italians from the region of Veneto and Calabria, adapted the facilities for the breeding of pedigree horses. At the end of the nineties, the couple’s daughter, Lina, decided to bring back the historic character of this place. Thus began the preservation of a heritage located at a strategic location, brought into the urban perimeter, a few minutes from downtown, and at the border of the Gouveia River. This is one of the main branches of the Jacaré-Pepira river – the same one that originated the NGO "Movimento Rio Vivo" [Live River Movement] and involved the residents in a task in which they became sensitive and aware of the small city’s calling. The revitalization of the Jacaré River finally ended up by changing the city’s destiny and moving Brotas toward ecotourism.
Today, the Sítio Roda D’Água is committed to improving its aim of providing essentially comfortable accommodations. Managed by the journalist Ana Paula Martingo, it wants to share its natural and historic beauty with guests and visitors in addition to offering an unforgettable sensorial experience in rural tourism.