Itacorubi - Florianópolis neighborhood

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Região: Central Region of the Island
Close quarters: Santa Monica (1,5 km) | Big Stream (2,5 km) | Conceição Lagoon (4,5 km) | John Paul (3,3 km)
Nearby beaches: Lagoa da Conceição beach (6 km east) | soft beach (9 km east) | Joaquina Beach (10 km east) | Cacupe beach (9 km north) | Saint Anthony of Lisbon (12 km north) | Campeche beach (16 km south)
Distances: Centro e Bus Station 10 km | Airport 18 km
Also find: eco tour, students

Itacorubi - Location Map

The neighborhood Itacorubi is located in the region central of Santa Catarina Island, along the main path that leads from Florianopolis downtown to Conceição Lagoon and east beaches. It has good infrastructure, since several government agencies in the state, mostly linked to the agricultural, industry and energy sectors, are concentrated in the neighborhood, in addition to a campus of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC).

Among the bodies responsible for agricultural management, the following stand out: Agricultural Research and Rural Extension Company of Santa Catarina (Epagri), the Integrated Agricultural Development Company of Santa Catarina (Cidasc), the Secretary of State for Agriculture and Rural Development (Seagri), the Santa Catarina Association of Cattle Breeders (ACCB) and the Regional Council of Engineering, Architecture and Agronomy Santa Catarina (Crea-SC).

Itacorubi neighborhood

Among the divisions related to the industry are the National Service of Industrial Apprenticeship of the State of Santa Catarina (Senai) and the Federation of Industries of the State of Santa Catarina (Fiesc). We can also find the General Institute of Expertise (PGI), the Center for Informatics and Automation of the State of Santa Catarina (Ciasc) and the Santa Catarina Power Plants (Celesc).

In addition to the presence of public servants who work there, Itacorubi is characterized by the intense circulation of university students. This is because the main campus of the Santa Catarina State University (Udesc), the Center of Agrarian Sciences (CCA) of Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), the Assesc Colleges and Unique.

Another important feature of Itacorubi is that it houses two of the main specialized hospitals in Florianópolis. On one side, on the margins of Highway SC-404 is the Oncology Research Center (Cepon), a reference in the prevention and treatment of cancer patients. On the other side, on the banks of Highway SC-401, is the SOS Cardio, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

In this same region is another center of excellence and a world reference in the promotion of technology. O Alfa Technological Parkthrough the Center for the Production of Innovative Technologies (Celta), houses the various leading companies in software and hardware development. In the main building, the state business incubator and the Research and Innovation Support Foundation in the State of Santa Catarina (Fapesc). The various buildings in the complex house dozens of technology-based companies, in addition to a unit of the Brazilian Support Service for Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae).

Itacorubi Neighborhood - Business Incubator

Such a set of bodies and companies can make anyone imagine the neighborhood as a gray, completely urbanized place. However, most of it is made up of Itacorubi mangrove, considered the largest mangrove located in urban areas in the world. In addition to the natural beauties, this important ecosystem is called the nursery of the sea, as it is where marine species seek shelter for breeding.

Florianópolis Botanical Garden - Itacorubi
Florianopolis Botanical Garden

As of 2016, Itacorubi also housed the Florianopolis Botanical Garden Park, in an area of ​​19 hectares, along the edge of SC-404. An ecological space for community outings and leisure, with a lake, trail, community garden and native and exotic plants.

In this region of the neighborhood is also located the San Francisco de Assis Municipal Cemetery, better known as Itacorubi Cemetery or, by the older ones, as Três Pontes Cemetery.


The origin of the term “Itacorubi” is controversial. Some believe that Itacorubi is the Portuguese version of "itakuru-í", the name of a bird that inhabited the region and an indigenous group that lived there. Others argue that it came from “ita-kurubi”, which means “boulder” and would refer to the source of the river that cuts through the region, full of stones and rocks. There are also those who associate “itacorubi” with “itacolomy”, whose meaning, in Tupi, is “stone boy”.


In the mid-XNUMXth century, the arrival of Azorean and Madeiran immigrants significantly altered the way in which Santa Catarina Island was occupied. The new inhabitants settled mainly by the sea, but some moved towards the interior of the territory and gave rise to small villages that would later become some of the neighborhoods of Florianópolis. One of these villages, naturally, was Itacorubi.

Over the next two centuries, the region assumed predominantly rural characteristics: the large farms produced a huge variety of fruits and vegetables, there were pastures for dairy cattle, and fishing complemented the families' diet. In Morro do Quilombo, coffee plantations and the production of mineral coal emerged.

This bucolic landscape influenced the way of life of the residents of Itacorubi. Horse races, cockfights, hunting and ox party. Football was also a recurring practice, with the main teams in the region being Paula Ramos Jr., Palmeiras and Ferroviária. The headquarters of Paula Ramos and Ferroviária, by the way, were used to hold the biggest balls in the region.

However, this dynamic began to change in the 1920s, when the Municipal Cemetery was transferred from the central region - where the insular headwaters of the Hercílio Luz Bridge - to the then neighborhood of Três Pontes. The inauguration took place in 1925 and more than 30 graves belonging to ordinary citizens and members of religious brotherhoods, brotherhoods and the cemetery of the German community were transferred to it.

Itacorubi Neighborhood - SC 404
Itacorubi Neighborhood - SC 404

Some time later, in the 1960s, Glauco Olinger, then agricultural advisor to the Government's Plan of Goals, idealized the concentration of all public bodies linked to the management of agriculture in Santa Catarina in one place. Itacorubi ended up being chosen for this project because it is an area very close to the center of Florianópolis and still has free public areas.

Later, other public agencies moved to the neighborhood, causing buildings, subdivisions and new houses to be built to accommodate the servers of these offices. Eventually, SC-404 was paved, making access to the east of the island. All these developments gave rise to a new Itacorubi, less rural and more modern.

Itacorubi District - Google Earth Location Map
Location of the Itacorubi neighborhood
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