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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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Description: 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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I knew nothing about Pablo Neruda in advance. House was fascinating, I wish I had been at one of his parties especially for New year overlooking the fireworks in the bay.he was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I knew nothing about Pablo Neruda in advance. House was fascinating, I wish I had been at one of his parties especially for New year overlooking the fireworks in the bay.he was a party animal!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I must admit that I wasn't expecting much. But this house is a great place to visit. You can feel here the "carpe diem" way of life of Neruda. For me the most interesting thing in this visit was to discover that the poet was a collector of "stuff".

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The house is amazing. Touring the home was very inspiring and it offers amazing views of the ocean. Truly a home that is a work of art! The architecture is fantastic in this home. It offers some history and insight into the life of Pablo Neruda as well. A must if you are in Valparaiso.

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Santiago, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Pablo Neruda's houses are always a treat. We visited Isla Negra last year, and we couldn't miss his place at Valparaíso. It's a place so wonderful, full of magic and beauty, you cannot simply imagine. The views are absolutely amazing, and the symbolism in all the objects inside the house is nothing but expected coming from him. Isla Negra is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is definitely a favourite museum essentially of all of Chile. So well done and great audio guide. Go on a clear day as the views are awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was the first of the three homes we ended up seeing. I had no clue who Pablo Neruda was, however my wife was a fan. This was a great house. My second favorite of all three. Definitely worth driving out to Isla Negra to see that home. Not just for the home, but the area around it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

I loved the self-guided audio tour of Nerudas house. I really didn't know a whole lot about his writing or background, but the house has so much character that I felt like I met the guy! I wish we could have been friends. Every single room had an amazing story behind it. Make sure you get to this place!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Overall this is a fun activity, and takes only about 30-45 minutes. The house has some great views of Valparaiso and you get to learn about some of the history of the area as well. It is easy to get to from the city's main taxi stand and worth a visit. There is an audio guide that accompanies the tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

A fine (though outrageously apolitical) presentation of a great man through his eccentric collection of artifacts and the highly personal design and architecture of his home. Great location to see the city.

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Great views from the house, and in hindsight I am glad we went, but at the time it was a bit crowded and hard to get a feel for the place. Quite a few stairs, so not very accessible for those with mobility issues. Worth a visit if you are in the area though.

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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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