Destination guide

A charming province on the heel of Italy

This glittering port town in Italy's Puglia region is located on the Ionian Sea, right on the heel of the country's boot. Gallipoli crosses from the mainland onto a small island, where the city's Centro Storico (old town) sits, protected by the remains of 14th-century walls. The contrast with the slightly more modern heart of the city across the 16th-century Ponte Cittavecchia offers two differing experiences. Decide whether you prefer to book your Gallipoli vacation rental in the urban center, or in an historic piazza. You're in Italy! Any choice is the right one.

Things to do

A vast array of sites to match the vast and storied history

With so much history in and around Gallipoli, there are plenty of museums to explore and sites to see. Tour the Hypogeum Oil Press at Palazzo Granafei, which once produced most of the city's lamp oil and is now open to the public. Visit the Castello Angiono, a fortress set atop Byzantine fortifications and potentially dating back to 11th century. Spend a day in the Museum Civico E. Barba Gallipoli, which features exhibits ranging from art to history to science. Stroll down Corte Gallo, a sort of open-air exhibit, displaying artifacts from life in Gallipolli.

Activities

A true Italian feast for all five senses

Gallipoli's Centro Storico is an attraction in and of itself, thanks to its charming piazzas, picturesque architecture, and well-preserved ruins. Make time for the 17th-century Catania Cathedral, a gorgeous example of Baroque style. Spend mornings around the port, which is still used daily by local fishermen serving their catches to the surrounding restaurants. Taking in the daily street scenes is a main part of the city's charm, so no matter where you book your Gallipoli vacation rental, ensure you let yourself regularly soak in the daily sights, sounds, and smells.

Weather

Delicious weather, delicious wine, delicious food

Like all of Puglia, Gallipoli enjoys a mild and pleasant climate for much of the year. The main travel season is from May through October, when most of your days are sunny, warm, and dry. Keep in mind that Gallipoli (and most of Italy) closes down for much of August, but it more than makes up for this with huge celebrations surrounding Easter, Carnival, and a variety of religious feasts throughout the year. Winters in Gallipoli can be chilly, gray, and rainy, but the beautifully adorned museums and churches, as well as the delicious cuisine, should keep you occupied.

Natural features

A little limestone island, shining in the sea

Built across Italy's heel onto a limestone island in the Ionian Sea's Gulf of Taranto, Gallipoli serves as a port town that still functions as a working fishing harbor. Just outside of the old town's walls, you'll find Spiaggia della Purita, a sandy beach where private boats can dock in the harbor. Boat tours from Gallipoli can also take you out to Sant'Andrea Island, where you can swim in the crystal clear waters, or hike through the forests. Back on the mainland, you'll find miles of sandy beaches along the shores, too

How to get there

Transportation to and around Gallipoli

The nearest airport is in Brindisi (BDS-Papola Casale), located 41.7 mi (67.1 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Gallipoli Station, Gallipoli via Salento Station and Gallipoli via Agrigento Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Gallipoli?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,372 vacation rentals near Gallipoli. From 1,344 Condos/Apartments to 1,194 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gallipoli for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Gallipoli?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gallipoli:

  • Gallipoli Historic Center: 195 vacation rentals
  • Lecce Historic Center: 445 vacation rentals
  • Centro Storico: 48 vacation rentals
  • Centro Storico: 104 vacation rentals
  • Santa Caterina: 166 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Gallipoli?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Gallipoli. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gallipoli Port: 4,420 vacation rentals
  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi: 4,385 vacation rentals
  • Gallipoli Baia Verde Station: 4,690 vacation rentals
  • Gallipoli Castle: 4,448 vacation rentals
  • Tip of the Swine Beach: 4,538 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gallipoli listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Gallipoli?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,344 Condos/Apartments in Gallipoli. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gallipoli include:

  • Houses: 1,194 rentals available
  • Villas: 574 rentals available
  • Studios: 1,352 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gallipoli?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 512 vacation rentals with pool available in Gallipoli. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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