Italian Epic Park (Parque Epopeia Italiana)
Explore the museum’s nine different exhibition areas on a tour led by costumed actors; standard admission tickets include snacks such as wine, grape juice, and cookies from the Serra Gaúcha region. Book your admission ticket in advance to avoid waiting in line on the day or explore more of the region on a day trip, which typically combine a visit to the Parque Epopeia Italiana with wine tasting and a ride on the Maria Fumaca train.
Things to Know Before You Go
Admission tickets to Parque Epopéia Italiana include a guided 45-minute presentation; children under five go free free
Tours are conducted in Portuguese but guides typically speak some English and it’s easy enough to follow along.
The park is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Parque Epopéia Italiana is located in Bento Gonçalves and is easy to reach on foot from hotels and attractions in downtown Porto Alegre—it’s just a 2-minute walk from the Maria Fumaca train station.
When to Get There
The park is open daily from morning to early evening year-round, with tours departing every 15 minutes. It can get busy on summer weekends, when many visitors opt to combine a ride on the train with a tour of the park. so book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. In low season, it’s worth double checking the opening hours and tour times.
Riding the Maria Fumaca train
Due to the historic railway route it takes through the Serra Gaucha wine region, the Maria Fumaca train is one of the region’s most popular attractions. The scenic train journey takes around 1.5 hours and travels 14 miles (23 kilometers) between the cities of Bento Gonçalves, Garibaldi, and Carlos Barbosa. Along the way, you’ll learn about Brazil’s Italian heritage and sample a variety of regional wines and grape juices.