Cross the 16th-century bridge between the hotels and skyscraper of the modern side to reach the historic center on a limestone island.

The charming fishing village of Gallipoli has a quaint old town area and overlooks the Ionian Sea. Meander through the maze of old-world alleys in the historic center to see its medieval structures.

Start in the old town and gaze up at the high surrounding walls. Climb to the top of Gallipoli Castle for water and city views. Learn about the 13th-century structure built to protect the area from sea attacks. It was rebuilt in the 1500s and now hosts exhibitions and outdoor film screenings.

Marvel at the stone nativity scene from 16th century in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, which dates back to the 1200s. The historic district has many churches, such as the 17th-century Sant’Agata Cathedral which stands out with a Baroque façade and ornate interior features.

Admire the Greek Fountain on the other side of the bridge from the castle. It has impressive reliefs portraying mythological figures. Nearby is Gallipoli Port, where local fishermen continue to cast nets from their boats. Dine at one of the restaurants serving a fresh catch. Among popular local dishes are stewed octopus and floured fish.

South of the city center and away from crowds, find Punta Pizzo Beach and Baia Verde Beach with stunning views and warm blue-green water.

The town shares its name with a Turkish city famous for its role in World War I. It comes from the Greek for “Beautiful City.” Hot summers from May to October draw sunbathers, while weather remains mild in winter.

Gallipoli is just south of Nardò on the western coast of the Salento Peninsula, the heel of Italy’s boot shape. It is in the province of Lecce in southeastern Italy. Fly to Brindisi-Salento Airport on the northeastern part of the peninsula and drive southwest for 1 hour to reach the town. Alternatively, take a train from Foggia or Brindisi.

Old meets new in a pleasing way in Italy’s historic coastal town of Gallipoli.

Where to stay in Gallipoli

Gallipoli Historic Center
Gallipoli featuring boating, a coastal town and a bay or harbor

Gallipoli Historic Center

Known for Monuments, Historical Buildings, Museums

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Unique features of Gallipoli Historic Center include the historic sites and beaches. Make a stop by Gallipoli Castle or Church of St. Francis of Assisi while you're exploring the area.

Top Hotels in Gallipoli

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Al Pescatore
Hotel Al Pescatore
4 out of 5
Riviera Cristoforo Colombo 39, Gallipoli, LE
$53
per night
Nov 26 - Nov 27

Located in Gallipoli Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Diocesan Museum of Gallipoli and Gallipoli Castle. Purita Beach and Frantoio Ipogeo are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (82 reviews)
A good hotel in a charming (but touristy) town.

"A nice, classical hotel perfectly situated on the outskirts of the beautiful old town in Gallipoli. Service good, professional. We've stayed here before, and seemingly been upgraded, for which we are all the more grateful, as we have now experienced one of the standard rooms. It had one "window" ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2019

Hotel Al Pescatore
Victoria Palace Hotel
Victoria Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Petrarca, Gallipoli, LE
$76
per night
Dec 3 - Dec 4

Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Parco Gondar, Gallipoli Castle, and Samsara Beach. Baia Verde Beach and Gallipoli Port are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (45 reviews)

"The hotel is ideal for our visits to Gallipoli and the area. The rooms are large, clean and it has a small secure garage. The wifi is strong, and the breakfast satisfying. We ate out this visit so cannot comment on the dinner fare."…"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2019

Victoria Palace Hotel
Ecoresort Le Sirenè - Caroli Hotels
Ecoresort Le Sirenè - Caroli Hotels
3 out of 5
Riserva Naturalistica Torre del Pizzo, Gallipoli, LE

Located in Gallipoli, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Punta Suina Beach and Samsara Beach. Baia Verde Beach and Parco Gondar ...

3.5/5Good! (34 reviews)
Great place to chill

"Extremely helpful staff, especially Fransisco. Beautiful beach, plenty of parking."…"

Reviewed on May 14, 2018

Ecoresort Le Sirenè - Caroli Hotels

Popular things to do in Gallipoli

Gallipoli Castle
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Gallipoli Castle

5/5(16 reviews)

Explore the rooms of this ancient castle, which has witnessed several invasions and stands proud at the entrance to Gallipoli’s historic center.

Baia Verde Beach
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Baia Verde Beach

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Swim, soak up the sun and relax at exclusive clubs at this popular beach on the west coast of the Salento Peninsula.

Gallipoli Port
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Gallipoli Port

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Watch fishermen bring in the day’s catch, dine on fresh seafood and spot notable town landmarks at this active port.

Punta Suina Beach
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Punta Suina Beach

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Punta Suina Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Gallipoli. Amble around the area's marina or visit its monuments.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi
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Church of St. Francis of Assisi

Stop by this 13th-century religious monument on a walking tour of the atmospheric and architecturally impressive streets of the old town district.

Sant'Agata Cathedral
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Sant'Agata Cathedral

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Sant'Agata Cathedral in Gallipoli. While you're in the area, stroll along the beaches.

Top activities in Gallipoli

Discover the must-see beaches in Salento
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Discover the must-see beaches in Salento

$132

Protected for more than 150 kilometers between the two seas that have shaped its morphology and history, Salento has a highly evocative and enchanting coastal development. The Ionian coast is characterized by lower cliffs and stretches of sand, red soil and vineyards, interrupted by sixteenth-century towers and equipped beaches.

Private Minivan: Lecce Railway Station
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Private Minivan: Lecce Railway Station

$50

Enjoy convenient private transportation between Lecce Railway Station and your hotel in the comfort of a minivan. For transfers to and from Lecce Railway Station, the zones to select from include: Lecce City Center: Select this option for hotels located in the Lecce city center.

Private Standard Car: Lecce Railway Station
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Private Standard Car: Lecce Railway Station

$37

Enjoy convenient private transportation between Lecce Railway Station and your hotel in the comfort of a standard car. For transfers to and from Lecce Railway Station, the zones to select from include: Lecce City Center: Select this option for hotels located in the Lecce city center.

Reviews of Gallipoli

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Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 10, 2019

The beaches are nice, the old city is interesting, the seafood was awesome. If you are a kid into the party scene, this is your place, if you speak Italian.

5/5 - Excellent

Peter

Jan 17, 2019

Great walk around the city walls.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2019

Gallipoli is an ancient Greek port, a great touristic and geographic point over the summer. It offers many beaches, landmarks, monuments and spectacular landscapes. Around the city we can enjoy Tuglie, Sannicola, Collepasso, Zinzulusa or Alberobello.