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Gallipoli, meaning "beautiful city", is a town in the province of Lecce, in the Apulia region, southern Italy. Although the town may not appear as glamorous or attractive as the Turkish town with the same name, Gallipoli still offers all of the Mediterranean charm that only can only be found in Italy. The town is situated by the Ionian Sea, and is divided into both an old and new town. In the new town you can find all of the modern delights such as shopping malls and skyscrapers, yet the old town still offers plenty of 16th century character. Finding and booking your ideal hotel in Gallipoli can feel like a daunting task, particularly if you have certain expectations or a budget. With the help of Venere's expertise, you can find the hotel suited to your needs with the aid of user submitted hotel reviews, photo galleries, and our helpful interactive map.
What's Gallipoli Like?
Gallipoli is the perfect Mediterranean destination for a laid back vacation, and its historic Old Town will also cater to the sightseers. The Old Town is situated upon a small limestone island off the coast, and is home to narrow Medieval streets, ancient grain houses, beaches, and cafes. If a little fun in the sun sounds more to your liking, beaches such as Lido Punta della Suina, Green Bay Beach, and Samsara will be worth a look. There is even a local water park for keeping the kids entertained; Splash Acquapark. For a look at the historic aspect of the town, you can visit La Basilica Cattedrale di Sant'Agata (The Cathedral of Saint Agatha) or Gallipoli Castle, the latter of which offers panoramic views around the town and harbor area.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Gallipoli
As with many places in southern Italy, Gallipoli enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate which is characterized by hot and dry summers from June to August, and mild yet gentle winters. During the summer you can expect temperatures to reach around 30°C during the afternoon, however it is not unknown for it to rise as high as 40°C. The local Italians are often considered laid back and approachable, but try not to expect too many of them to speak English; Gallipoli does not see as many tourists as nearby Lecce or Palermo. Although the town has a railway station, it connects to limited stations, including Lecces and Casarano. There is no better time to try some local cuisine. The small harbor town of Gallipoli specializes in seafood dishes, with plenty of crabs, shrimp, and squid.
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