Gallipoli, meaning ‘beautiful city’ in Greek, is a coastal town in Apulia, southern Italy. The city is a favoured summer escape for holidaying Italians and is growing in popularity, particularly appealing to those seeking an authentic Italian holiday.
The city is divided into two parts, the old town, and the new town. The old town is situated on an island connected to the mainland by an arched bridge dating from the 17th century and is characterized by a labyrinthine of narrow streets and a mixture of buildings that date from several different eras and cultures.
The new town Corso Roma is divided into two parts, which are called Sirocco and Tramontana. This part of Gallipoli is characterised by its numerous tourist services and buildings of modern construction - one of the best known is the “Glass Palace” (also known as the Skyscraper), built in the late 1970s.
Renowned for its seriously good food and local wines this is an area where you'll stumble across great little restaurants and street food almost everywhere you go. In the summer month’s cafes, bars and restaurants spill onto the streets making for an extremely pleasant and vibrant atmosphere. The region has long been admired for its use of fresh locally grown produce and delicious seafood fished from nearby waters.
Long sandy beaches and clean, warm waters line the coastline north and south of Gallipoli and the Spiaggia della Purità is renowned for its bustling atmosphere.