La Sebastiana (Pablo Neruda's House), Valparaiso

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A multicolored, tiered house on top of a hill, La Sebastiana (Pablo Neruda's House) provided the setting for the writing of some of the world's beloved poetic masterpieces. Today, Pablo Neruda's former residence pays tribute to the artist's legacy and contains artworks, 1950s furniture, and quirky bric-a-brac collected over the years. Visit early in the morning or towards closing time to avoid the crowds and long lines at the entrance. Using our online itinerary creator, Valparaiso attractions like La Sebastiana (Pablo Neruda's House) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We have been to all Neruda houses, this is perhaps the less impressive but nonetheless worth the visit. If you have time visit Isla Negra or Santiago. While visiting do not miss the short movie reel. ...  more »
  • Even if you're not a fan of Pablo Neruda, the visit of his house is worth. The view alone is great. There are many interesting objects and there is an audio guide in English, which is very interesting. Admission is not sooo cheap but I would go even a second.
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  • Beautiful and inspiring. The entrance is expensive. 7000 pesos. But it was worth completely. Technological super tour, does not have guide service but the alternative is great as facilitate you an interactive medium that explains the details of the House so you don't miss a detail.
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  • The five storey private home of Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda is something of a pilgrimage for Chileans. While the excellent English audio tour gives a flavour of the man, a reading of his history beforehand would flesh out the experience for those not familiar with his life and work. Even if you nothing about Neruda, the house is interesting in it's own right. There are commanding views of the city from its hilltop location and the interior is decorated with  eclectic objects assembled and arranged by a discerning expert. The walk back into the tiwn centre takes in the Bella Vista district but does involve steep gradients, uneven surfaces and long flights of stairs.
  • Only go if you are interested in Pablo Neruda and his life as a poet and human. Or go if crazy architecture and messy random indoor decoration does it for you. I enjoyed it quite a bit because the house is constructed quite crazy and illogical. Which is fantastic in my opinion. On the flipside, the general entry fee is high. 7000 pesos, for a house you can walk through in around 15 minutes. Luckily they have a big student discount, so make use of that! If you don't have a general interest in either those 2 things I would spend money on this one. Just a bit too pricey for what you get.
  • It was a beautiful place and i enjoyed the multilingual audio guide systems. It was a bit expensive tho at 1,400 peso per person. But it was a great view from up top. Mind u there are no photos allowed in the house . But all the same we loved it .
  • Not very exciting. But if you want a nice view of the city you should visit it.
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Where to stay in Valparaiso

Since its inscription on the World Heritage List in 2002, Valparaiso tourism has experienced a meteoric rise. The city now offers a wide range of accommodations, especially budget hostels and mid-range hotels and inns. Cerro Alegre, a hill just to the west of the city center, offers perhaps the largest range of options and looks out over the bustling port. Stay in the friendly neighborhood of Cerro Concepcion to enjoy the best of Valparaiso's cafe culture.
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