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La Sebastiana (Pablo Neruda's House)

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Address: Ricardo Ferrari 692, Valparaiso, Chile
Phone Number: 32 225 6606
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This four-story home, offering 360 degree views of the city, is...

This four-story home, offering 360 degree views of the city, is highlighted by "the jar of smoke," a round, post-modern fireplace designed by Neruda himself.

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The audio guide for this tour takes about 45 minutes from start to finish and is good. The main feature of the tour is the interesting furniture collection Pablo Neruda acquired... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Luke M
London, United Kingdom

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You probably need to know quite a bit about Pablo Naruda and his writings to enjoy this house. The remaining furniture may be his, as apparently it was all taken from the house years ago, but overall it is a congested 5 story home. Apparently girls love his poems, so it is probably a great place to take a date!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The audio guide for this tour takes about 45 minutes from start to finish and is good. The main feature of the tour is the interesting furniture collection Pablo Neruda acquired throughout his life and how this collection reflects his unique personality. Annoyingly pictures are not allowed inside the house but are allowed from the house itself of the view... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Even though it was a bit crowded the day we went, it was thoroughly enjoyable seeing this unusual house and hearing about the poet who lived here. He was a national hero and a world renowned writer. Chileans have done a great job preserving his homes and managing them as museums.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been in this unique house a number of times. Never disappointed. They always keep in excellent shape, interesting and true to the poet's spirit. Probably the best way to understand the character and playful personality of Pablo Neruda. Also an outstanding location to grab Valparaíso's charm. He estado en esta casa muchas veces. Nunca me he desilusionado. Mantiene... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a nice place to visit to learn a little bit about the man that lived here and the views from his house are fantastic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you know anything about Pablo Neruda he is Valapariso´s Chile´s famous son. The home is located in the cerro of Ricardo Ferrari and worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice place to visit, full of charm with great views. Audio is available to give you a running commentary as you go round the house, and you can take photos of the views (but not the contents). It will take you an hour to an hour and a half or so to see the place. The house is situated... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is much more than the home of a famous person. This is a slice of history and a peak into the mind of an unusual and unique person. The Foundation which manages the museum provides an audio tour in a number of languages and a small illustrated pamphlet to go with it. This guide points out and explains many... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are familiar with Neruda's writings, then this tour is excellent for a glimpse at who this man was. Good for the well informed reader.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

never a big fan of audio tours but this was decent. Neruda was obviously an interesting character from Chiles past and I enjoy his work. the house itself is od. full of character and interesting items. worth a visit. although i thought the entrance fee was exorbitant. made worse by the sullen cashier who tried to keep our change and... More 

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NO ES SEGURA PARA LOS TURISTAS. Los lanzas/ladrones te siguien y esperan la ocasion para robarte. a mi me asaltaron de una forma violenta en cerro artilleria. Los carabinieros me dicieron q Valpo es una de las ciudades mas peligrosas de chile y los robos son cada vez mas. Hay q ir solo en las zonas mas turisticas, no llevar nada de valor, vigilar mucho. Me tiraron al suelo, imobilizar con un pie y me pusieron un cuchillo a lado de la barriga a las 10:30 de la mañana. Tuve la mala suerte q en aquel momento no pasaba nadie en la calle. yo y mi hermano estabamos un poco alejado del museo naval y ibamos en direccion de la plaza Wellright. Las callejuelas son peligrosas. Mi relato en ingles: Unfortunally, my experience in Valparaiso was very bad. My brother is living in Santiago de Chile and we decided to go to Valparaiso by ourselves. We took the Ascensor Artillería at 10:30 a.m. From there we went to the Naval and maritime museum.

Our mistake was decided to go by walk to the others turistic places.

so we started to walk and then after 15-20 minutes we were robbed violently.

2 men started to run in our direction, the biggest who was also the leader tried to take my bag and snatch my bag. I was stronger than him. So He threw me on the floor, I was immobilized with a foot and he pulled out a switchblade knife. I saw the knife close to my belly and I was ready to receive the knife. I closed my eyes and I got peed on. My brother was with the other guy who was short and thin and asked for the money/la Plata to a meter away. My brother gave the wallet with 200.000 chilean pesos and all documents and credit card. He was able to hide the I-phone 6 (the price is around 800 Eur). he didn´t tried to help me. My brother told me to stop to tighten the purse/the bag. I did it and the man took my bag which contain the samsung S3, sony zt3 waterproof, a small canon camera (value around 60 Eur) and 110.000 chilean pesos. We were on a Cerro/Hill very close to a square with a checkpoint police (carabinieros). we made the complaint of theft which took a lot of time. The police was very very lazy. Then we went to the police office by car to finish to declair. We lost all the money and we asked to the police some money to return to santiago. They gave the money and we made the transfer the following day. The police told us that Valpairaiso is getting the most dangerous city of Chile. The tourists has to go there with a Tour or if they walk alone, the have to go only in the most touristic places. Sometimes the Lanzas/thieves start to follow the tourist and await the opportunity to rob. It a pity that this beautiful city is so unsafe. The police told us that some people who comes to Valparaiso to give the recognition as a UNESCO heritage of humanity were also robbed. Be careful.

10 months ago

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