Finca Vigia is on the southern outskirts of the city, in an area that appears to be more run-down than elsewhere we visited. However the house is an oasis in the urban metropolis, with beautiful, well kept grounds and gardens.
The house is now an interesting museum, but you cannot enter the house, although you can take photo's through the window's, and everything is (supposedly) left as it was when Hemingway committed suicide in the US, in 1961.
Staff at the house hassle for you to pass your camera for a few (bad) photo's inside the house - then the mama expects payment for the privilege. This wouldn't be so bad, if the pictures were good, but the young ladies taking the shots are no photographers. Their excuse for keeping the house off-limits, is that the humidy is too high, but there would be long-term detrimental affects to the contents if that were the case. The mama's in charge, see this as a money-spinner, although it is state owned and run.
Nevertheless, it is an interesting house and beautiful grounds, if you have any interest in Ernest Hemingway. His fishing boat, Pilar, is under cover in the garden, near to the pool, and his writing tower has magnificent views over Havana. A couple of craft shops are in the car parking area, and the freshly pressed sugar cane & rum drinks are very tasty.
We enjoyed the tour, but were disappointed at the antics of those in charge of the house. I would be happy to pay a couple of Peso's for a couple of dozen good photo's of the interior, but many were blurred, not framed nicely and uninteresting angles.
Still worth the visit.
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