“Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.” – Pablo Neruda
The second of Neruda’s homes was La Sebastiana. Ransacked and half-destroyed in the immediate aftermath of his death. Named La Sebastiana after Sebastian Collado, a Spaniard who built the home, Neruda called him a “poet of construction”.
It sits on top of a steep hill, and getting there is a tough, sweaty walk in the sun. La Sebastiana offers a stunning view of all of Valparaiso, and is larger than Neruda’s home in Santiago. It lacks the secret doors of La Chascona, but is just as full of Neruda’s collections from his travels around the world. It is also the home where he wrote much of his award winning poetry. A nice garden offers the perfect place to relax, view the city and rest tired legs that had to climb a steep hill and continue up the narrow staircases in search of the secrets of the great poet’s life.