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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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Poetry Pilgrimage Part III

This was the last of Neruda's three houses that I saw on my trip to Chile. As ever, I was enthralled by the details he chose to fill his home, his "toys" as he called them. Like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Jacksonville, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This was the last of Neruda's three houses that I saw on my trip to Chile. As ever, I was enthralled by the details he chose to fill his home, his "toys" as he called them. Like all of his houses, La Sebastiana is well worth it to see how the poet shaped his physical space in order to write.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This house is so beautiful and has incredible views of the harbour in Valparaiso. Do yourself a favour and grab the audio guide for interesting tidbits about the house and Pablo Neruda's house. Check out my pictures here- http://bit.ly/1HY1WOV

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Valparaiso is a charming city and I think that is the best house to connect with Neruda atmosphere. Book in advanced and take time because the house is always crowded. You're not allowed to make photos but try to enjoy the view. From all houses of Neruda...that's the most charming and funny.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting Valparaiso it is a must! Filled with stories and things that belonged to Pablo Neruda, real fun tour, even four 4-year old children!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If you ever read the adventures of Tintin, not just the work of Neruda, wonderful man and poet, then you will love this place. It's like the frontspiece of the Tintin volumes; filled with strange characters, histories and fantastical objects. It's probably somewhat like being inside the writer's mind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Book in advance through a tour operator, as this attraction is always very crowded. That said, it is VERY interesting to see how Neruda used to live in Valparaiso. Great story and pretty little house.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I thought this is a bit expensive because it is only a short visit in the museum! Other than that no comments!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It's an interesting home with quirky features...like the bathroom door next to the bar where Neruda entertained!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Really appreciated the walking audio guide, as it lent more appreciation of items inside the house. The house was full of cool knick knacks, and lots of good stories. It very much showcased Neruda's personality. The view up top is wonderful. I feel like it would be worth visiting again without using the audio guide to just look at all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

To be honest, we had never heard of Pablo Neruda before we planned our trip to Chile. Should be embarrassed but then again, we learned something new :-) From the outside, the house looked pretty average but once we were in, we were floored! It is a super cozy house with very interesting decor. Every inch of flooring and wall... 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.

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