In colonial times the city was known by the name Vila do Príncipe (English: Princeville). In this city were born Emerico Lobo de Mesquita, one of the most prominent composers of the Classicism movement in Brazil, and Gomes Carneiro, a general who fought on the Paraguayan War and on the Federalist Riograndense Revolution.
Serro is well known for its traditional cheese, cultural richness, colonial influence and unique environment.
- Parque Estadual do Pico do Itambé (in Portuguese), IEF: Instituto Estadual de Florestas, retrieved 2016-12-19
- Serro travel guide from Wikivoyage
Capital: Belo Horizonte
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