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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 highlighted...

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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Full-Day Neruda's Route Tour

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Visiting la Sebastiaan, the house of Pablo Neruda in Valparaiso, is definitely worth it. It consists of a tour of the house with an audio guide. (Prices February 2016: 5000 pesos... read more

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Harderwijk, Gelderland, Netherlands
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Harderwijk, Gelderland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visiting la Sebastiaan, the house of Pablo Neruda in Valparaiso, is definitely worth it. It consists of a tour of the house with an audio guide. (Prices February 2016: 5000 pesos, 2000 pesos for students). Nice insights in Pablo nerudas live and living in that time frame. Don't forget to watch the movie at the end. It is forbidden to... More 

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The home is interesting. It is great that they give you a audio head set to do a tour. The view is wonderful. I like the tour. No picture are to be taken inside the home.

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Lefkada, Greece
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The character and humour of Pablo Neruda shines through in his house in Valparaiso. It is full of individual items that were collected by him and reflect his love of live and spirit. The audio guide is essential to understand the house and get the most from the visit. Highly recommended.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The poet Neruda was a fan of Walt Whitman, my favorite poet of all time. The house is amazingly decorated and the audio tape tour really fun and fascinating. The views from the house are fabulous.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We spent a lovely couple of hours here, and seem to have been lucky to have missed the crowds, I believe the secret is to visit the house when there are no cruise ships in the harbour! It takes about an our to go round the house and you can then spend some time in the very pretty grounds. Don't... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great afternoon bringing to life the beautiful world of Pablo Neruda. Really felt as though you get to know the man himself as you are enveloped in his world and I found the interior design inspiring (shame you can't take pictures)

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Vina del Mar, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the quirky house and the story behind it. Also liked the use of the headphone system to use throughout the tour. Well worth the visit via the O Bus, which is a treat in itself.i

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful, original house with great history. Good audio tour and very helpful staff. Definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went in La Sebastiana around 6 pm, probably the best time to go here because no queue, and few people inside. The house is a very special place, with an outstanding view on the Valpo Bay.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Filled with all sorts of memorabilia related to the writer, the house is a bit quirky, also reflecting the character of the writer. Audio guides are available in various languages to explain what you see on each level of the house. Takes about 40-45 minutes to go through the house. The views from the house toward the harbor are wonderful.

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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.

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