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Castillo Pittamiglio

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Address: Rambla Mahatma Gandhi, 633, Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone Number: 27101089
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Quirky home of an alchemist

Between the highrises along the Rambla the facade of the Casa Pittamiglio, shaped as the bow of a schip, arises. Built by the local alchemist and architect Humberto Pittamiglio... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
Ghent, Belgium

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Fortson, GA
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437 reviews
203 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

On Monday 1/12 during a cruise shore excursion after visiting Antarctica, my wife & I joined an overview bus tour of Montevideo. We stopped at the "Alchemist's Castle" because we had selected a tour that featured this eccentric, quirky landmark. Although the exterior of the house was intriguing, the interior & the tour fell short of our expectations. The rooms... More 

2 Thank RalphSchmitt
Ghent, Belgium
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Between the highrises along the Rambla the facade of the Casa Pittamiglio, shaped as the bow of a schip, arises. Built by the local alchemist and architect Humberto Pittamiglio, with funds that seemed to have simply materialised as no one knows where he got the money to build it, the quirky facade is an extension of its excentric interior. A... More 

2 Thank CaroleMarieAlice
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158 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The "Castle" has no thing decent for showing. It's just a couple of rooms and a small patio. Not even the wine or tango show was good. Tourist trap!!

4 Thank Jlballesteros
Toronto, Canada
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108 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

A surprising brick structure between two concrete apartment buildings on the Rambla in Pocitos. Tours are in Spanish only, but if you're in the neighbourhood with time on your hands, it's an interesting structure with some weird history. Suggest you research it in English online before you go

2 Thank RosedaleJohnny
San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I had come to the Castillo in another occasion. When I made it there, there is no sign or notice even that it once was open to the public. It would make sense to let visitors know if the place will be open at some time or as a business is closed forever. Too bad that the municipality does not... More 

3 Thank Clara1954
La Paz, Bolivia
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76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Only go if you are in the area. Don't go out of your way to see it. It isn't that interesting and charge more for foreigners.

2 Thank cpbolivia
monevideo, uruguay
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

this museum has to be seen to be believed. you'll love it. feels like it was designed by Dali. the tour is guided and inexpensive so you get a lot out of it.

1 Thank jjjjeff
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

I expected much more from Castillo Pittamiglio. Perhaps the outside of the location set very high expectations on how the interior would be. The tour guide did a mediocre job. It seemed as if he was rushed to get to something better outside of the castillo. The presence of several mosquitos that began to feast on me definitely did not... More 

5 Thank restrapo
Montevideo, Uruguay
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

It was built by an Alchimist, but not finished. It is well preserved and if you have the chance to get a small guided tour it is great. The food was very good although it took quite some time to get served (apparently they had 2 parties at the same time). It's worth visiting!

3 Thank SofiaSSimoesPereira
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We paid to attend a one of the special monthly nighttime tours followed by a magic show. Both were very disappointing. The practicalities of the tour were difficult because it involved sixty visitors traipsing through a very limited section of the castle, through narrow corridors, all to see very little. The tour almost totally focused on the architecture and associated... More 

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