August 3, 2005
Neruda had three houses located throughout Chile, La Sebastiana probably being the least known of all of them. Neruda did not live here, but loved this house for its view of the bay and the incredible location for viewing the annual fireworks display in Valparaiso on New Year's Eve. Although this was Neruda's least-visited house, it is still worth a visit for the public. One advantage to this house is that you do not have to join a tour of the house, but you can walk at your own pace and admire all of his interesting collectibles, making it much more informal and enjoyable. The cost is a bargain $3 to enter the house, and you can tour as long as you like. There is also a café and a gift shop close next door. This house is a little hard to find without a car, but if you must, take Verde Mar bus O or D on Serrano near Plaza Sotomayor and get off at the 6900 block of Av. Alemania, where you should just be a short walk from the house. Neruda's houses are worthy of a visit for any traveller because of the Chilean poet's historical significance and their authentic style and design that you will find nowhere else.
From journal The San Francisco of South America