Located in the Apulia region on the southeastern tip of the Italian Peninsula, Gallipoli is derived from the Greek name ‘Kallipolis’, meaning ‘beautiful city’. Once a part of ancient Greece, the strategically important city was conquered by both the Romans and Normans and was a crucial battleground in the First World War.
Today, Gallipoli is a rich contrast of both modern and ancient architecture preserved in a spectacular setting. A seventeenth-century bridge connects the newer part of the city to the old town. Among its most prominent attractions are Angevin Castle, a fortress that once protected the island, and the old town itself, which is surrounded by fourteenth century walls overlooking a beautiful fishing harbor supplying local restaurants with an abundance of fresh seafood. Gallipoli is famous for its sea urchins.
In the new town, the main street Corso Roma offers visitors great shopping, dining and gelaterias, and a daytime contrast to a centro (old town) steeped in history. For sunbathers, Spiaggia della Purita is a sandy swimming beach located beyond the fortified walls.
The closest airport to Gallipoli is Brindisi, which is a destination for Italian and some European air carriers. Trains will take visitors from Brindisi via the town of Lecce to apartment rental accommodations or hotel lodging in the area. Car rental companies also operate out of Brindisi.
Gallipoli has a mild climate and can be visited year-round and the busiest months for vacation rentals are in July and August. A variety of accommodation includes villa rentals, condo rentals, apartment rentals and hotels. Larger groups of travelers and families will likely find a villa rental the most economical accommodation in the region, while for couples, a condo rental or apartment rental might be a preferred lodging choice to villas.
A distinct advantage in choosing villa rentals and apartment rentals over hotel accommodations in Gallipoli is having kitchen facilities to prepare and enjoy the flavors of Italian regional cuisine in your own vacation home, especially fresh seafood and olive oil.
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