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FINCA VIGÍA, Havana

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Peer into the home of celebrated novelist Ernest Hemingway at FINCA VIGÍA, where the artist created "The Old Man and the Sea" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Take a guided tour to make sense of the writer's life and see his collection of books, trophies, and other memorabilia. Outside you'll be able to visit the gardens and see Hemingway's boat docked at the pier. Using our international travel planner, Havana attractions like FINCA VIGÍA can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • we were provided a guided tour, which was informative and easy to follow. We got a real sense of how Hemingway lived and worked here. The home and it's interiors are immaculate- untouched by time. You...  more »
  • In 1940, American novelist Ernest Hemingway bought the Finca la Vigía, a villa on a hill in San Francisco de Paula, 15km southeast of Havana, where he lived continuously for 20 years. When he departed...  more »
  • This place is very nice to see but to make it special i do believe that you need to have read hemmingway  more »
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  • Excellent and beautifully kept. Gets a little busy during the main season when tourists show up by the busload, but the grounds and house itself are magnificent. The house offers a literal glimpse into the life of one of the great writers of the 20th century as you peek in through the open windows and doors (weather permitting!). The many artifacts, books and trophies in the house make you feel as if you happened to swing by the house looking if anybody is home and expected him back anytime. The house provides an insight into a fascinating life and many little details, including the pet cemetery in the back and handwritten notations above the toilet bowl, chronicling the author's weight over the years.
  • If you like Hemingway, visit this place. The whole facility is super clean. And they have fantastic adult beverages to make the trip very authentic. Kind of interesting to imagine the books being written here.
  • This is a must visit for Hemingway fans. The house is pretty much as he left it and there is plenty to see even though access into the house is not permitted. The guided tour is while taking.
  • Well worth the visit because it has been fully restored. Although you can't physically enter the house and its many rooms, you can view the interior through large doorways and windows and get a feel for what Ernest Hemingway must have experienced while he was living there. There are plenty of bookshelves in several rooms and wall hangings that showed his love of hunting wild animals and his observation tower which gave him a more or less clear view of the city of Havana in the distance. A large Olympic-sized pool and a display of his wooden fishing boat are on the grounds.
  • Ernest Hemingway's Cuba home never looked better thanks to the Ada, the Museum;s curator, and the efforts of many to restore this home. 80% of the original posessions are just like it was when Mary Hemingway last visited and turned it over to the Cuban Government as a museum. The swimming pool is very large and the Pilar is where the tennis courts used to be. Wonderful place. Viva la Hemingway!