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La Sebastiana (Pablo Neruda's House)

Ferrari 692, Valparaiso, Chile
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Ranked #2 of 34 Attractions in Valparaiso
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to La Sebastiana and if you are a Pablo Neruda fan it is a must see. You can purchase an audio tour to guide you through the house and I would recommend doing this. However it is a bit eclectic and quirky and some of the tour gets a bit longwinded around his daily life rather... More

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Lovely house, charming and interesting with great views and, of course, masses of history. Strongly recommend visiting it and Neruda's other houses: Isla Negra, not far from Valpo, and La Chascona in Santiago.

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Valparaiso, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

the visit is quite short, but amazing: each room has a different view to the bay. The visit is full of trinkets that remind the poet's life and his nobel prize. Better if you understand spannish, so you can enjoy his interviews in the TV room, where you can stay hours if you want to understand better his life.

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I knew of Pablo Neruda, but not much about his life. Everyone in our group enjoyed visiting his home and learning more about him and his life. His home was special in what represented to him and therefore provided insight into the man and the city. It was included as part of our tour, so I can't rate the value.... More

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Copiapo, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The artifacts are precious. You are not allowed to take pictures inside the house. It is absolutely normal. They have recordings about the life, social habits, objects of the poet, very well done. Go there, it is an interesting piece of history.

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The view over the gulf of Valparaiso as seen from this house says a lot about Neruda and his poetry. A must-see place if you come in Valparaiso.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

If you like Neruda's poetry you must visit this house. The visit will explain you how the light of Valparaiso entered in his poems. A welcome cross fertilization between art and tourism.

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Valparaiso, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Great place but could be even better. You'llenjoy it more if you a fan of Neruda a this house if more focused on hi personal life

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

A must see if you are in Valparaiso, the gardens surrounding the house are worth a short stroll. Beware that no photos are allowed to be taken inside the house. The opportunity to step inside such an intimate place is very special. Neruda's quirky style is everywhere. The audio tour is included in the ticket price and is worth it.... More

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gent
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It can't tip on the one in Isla Negra, but it is a nice house and complete the vieuw of the 3 houses.

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