The town is of Greek origin and the name itself is Greek, meaning ’the beautiful town’. The old town centre sits on a tiny island connected to the mainland by a 17th century bridge. It is almost completely surrounded by defensive walls, built mainly in the 14th century.
In the old centre you will find many aristocratic palaces and impressive Baroque churches that pay testament to the time when Gallipoli was a wealthy trading port. A labyrinthine weave of narrow streets all eventually lead to the broader seafront promenade with its wonderful views. Here you will find many a cosy cafe and good eatery where you can while away the hours with great sea views right in front of you.
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The old town has its own sandy beach called "la spiaggia della Purita" from where you can swim in the calm sea. The atmosphere can be bustling and lively during the summer months with visitors from abroad and locals. Just 1 km away to the south is the Baia Verde white sandy beach where you may find more space for yourselves. Follow the bay of Gallipoli further south and you enter into the Nature park of Punta Pizzo with the island of Sant'Andrea which is very much worth a visit for white beaches and unspoilt nature.