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La Sebastiana (Pablo Neruda's House)

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Address: Ricardo de Ferrari 692, Valparaiso 2371819, Chile
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+56 32 225 6606

This four-story home, offering 360 degree views of the city, is highlighted...

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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This is a chance to peek into the man's life by way of one of his homes. It's perched on a hillside with magnificent views of the ocean.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This is a chance to peek into the man's life by way of one of his homes. It's perched on a hillside with magnificent views of the ocean.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth a visit of a few hours. Fascinating home occupied by fascinating man. Opportunity to see an actual home in the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very narrow staircases with interesting items in house. See movie about Neruda first. Helps if you know his poetry. Earphones are available.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came here once before, this time it was included in an architect's tour we signed up and paid for. Best to go early when they first open which we did. There are small lockers to store your bag(s) or backpack that uses the old CLP 100 coin, not the new coin. The place only permits photography looking out the window... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Pablo Neruda is Chile's most famous son: Nobel-prize winning poet, diplomat, leftist politician with a powerful and influential voice against the exploitation of the Chilean people, he was hated by Pinochet who probably had a hand in his death. La Sebastiana is one of the 3 lodgings he owned, however, I must admit that I did not gain much from... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The poet Pablo Neruda has an important role in Chilean culture. This house contains some fascinating artefacts (especially the old map of the Americas) and commands excellent views of Valparaiso town and port. Its quirky and interesting. The audio tour explains everything and their relationship with Pablo Naruda and his life in Chile.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This home has been restored to the style and elegance present during the time that Pablo Neruda lived there. The audio tour (in English) was excellent, it explained the furnishings and lifestyle of Neruda and his companions. The views of Valparaiso and the bay are fabulous. We walked there along Avenida Alemania which took about 45 minutes and was an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Knew nothing about this person until we visited Valparaiso. We now understand why he is so special to the people of Chile. It was a poet an artist and a Nobel prize winner. He was also an in Bassett or to France. Very interesting museum. I'm glad we visited

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose to walk to the Pablo Neruda house via a route winding through streets offering scenic viewpoints and also a large selection of another of Valparaiso's features, the colorful street art (graffiti) . The house itself was a winding multi level, quirky place with lots of interesting features and artifacts. Take the audio guide. It will give you insight... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth visiting this slightly odd house set over five floors. Rooms have many original pieces of furniture and various works on the walls. The audio guide gives a good account of how Neruda spent his time here. Photos not allowed of the interior of the building, although you can take pictures of the views out of the windows.

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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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