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Gallipoli, Italy: 10 Things To See On A One-Day Trip

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Gallipoli, Italy is a serene seashore town along the western coast of the Salentina Peninsula (which is better known as the Heel of Italy’s Boot). The quaint Old Town occupies an island, which is connected to the mainland via a bridge. Besides the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, the historic town boasts just a handful of sights. The town is an ideal seaside escape in the Puglia region – and we planned a day trip to Gallipoli during our month-long stay in Lecce, Italy.


Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy

Once only accessible by drawbridge, the old walled city of Gallipoli, Italy contains a labyrinth of alleys. Gallipoli sights are found within the lanes – like the recently resorted castle, century-old churches and the fish market. 

Although our visit to Gallipoli, Italy was in the off-season when the town was quiet, the weather was perfect. With the sun shining and endless views, we happily explored the streets and discovered 10 must-see Gallipoli sights on our day in the city. 

View of Gallipoli Italy


Lecce-Gallipoli Train

Gallipoli and Lecce are connected via a highway and a train. From Lecce, it’s just a short (and inexpensive) train ride to Gallipoli, Italy. We hopped on the old diesel locomotive for the one-hour journey to Gallipoli and the Ionian Sea. 

From the Gallipoli, Italy train station, it is a pleasant walk through the modern mainland town to the bridge that crosses over to the historic island. Our Self-Guided Gallipoli Walking Tour begins before walking across the bridge to the Old Town. 

Train to take for a Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy


Things To Do in Gallipoli, Italy: 10 Sights To See

During our one day in Gallipoli, Italy, we routed our way through the Old Town to the top sights. The sights are listed in order so that you can follow in our footsteps on your own Self-Guided Gallipoli Tour. Use the helpful map at the end of the post to find your way! 


#1 The Greek Fountain

The large 16th century Greek fountain features stone carvings. One side is etched with characters from mythology, while the town’s coat of arms graces the side facing north.

Greek Fountain, Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy


#2 Chiesa di Santa Maria del Canneto

The small church on the mainland seaside, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Canneto, dates to the 17th century. A destructive fire in the Gallipoli port left an image of the Virgin Mary unscathed. To honor the miracle, the church was built. Inside, the simple interior has embellished stone arches and a designed, wooden ceiling.

Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy

Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy


#3 Gallipoli, Italy Fish Market

Crossing the bridge, enter the historic walled island. The 14th century walls, which at one time had 12 lookout towers, are no longer needed for protection, so they only extend from the sea up to road level.

Gallipoli, Italy has long been a fishing town – and the Fish Market sits right at the end of the bridge. Heaps of fresh fish is brought into the market daily – and small on-site restaurants cook up seafood feasts. 

Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy Harbor


#4 Castle – Castello di Gallipoli, Italy

Over the many centuries, the Castello di Gallipoli and its uses have changed drastically. The Gallipoli Castle dates to Medieval times – and today serves as a history museum, allowing visitors a glimpse into the past. 

Castle guest can explore the various rooms; each one has excellent explanations of what the room would have been used for. Sights at the Gallipoli Castle that should not be missed are the castle’s original entrance point, remnants of the drawbridge, the salt warehouse and the echoing towers (where the cannons were located). Visitors can also access the roof top for astounding views.  (Hours vary depending on season and there is a small entry fee. Find more info on the Castle Facebook Page.

our Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy


Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy


#5 Fishermen Port, Gallipoli, Italy

From the castle, stroll clockwise along the water’s edge, admiring the endless Ionian Sea views. Pass the port filled with fishing boats and notice the fisherman working on their boats. The thriving little port is evidence that Gallipoli is still very much a fishing town!

Port at Gallipoli Italy

Fishermen on our Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy


#6 Chiesa di San Domenico al Rosario, Gallipoli, Italy

The Chiesa di San Domenico al Rosario was built in the 17th century facing the sea. The façade was constructed using Italian carparo stone.

Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy


#7 Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi, Gallipoli, Italy

Parts of the Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi date back to the 13th century, but it was renovated in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Walking tour on our Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy


#8 Gallipoli, Italy Beaches and Marina

Continuing in a clockwise direction, make your way to the picturesque Gallipoli beach, Spiaggia la Puritate. During our wintertime visit, the beach was empty (except for a few birds!), but we are certain it is the place to be in the height of the summer season! Next to the beach is the Gallipoli Marina; wander through the marina for fabulous views of the city back over the water.

Seaside in Gallipoli Italy

Views on our Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy


#9 Gallipoli Cathedral – Cattedrale di Sant’Agata

From the marina, head into the Gallipoli Old Town interior. Ramble through the narrow alleys, past traditional Gallipoli restaurants and city center B&Bs. Make your way uphill to the Gallipoli Cathedral, which is located on the highest point of the island (on an area thought to be sacred land since the island was originally inhabited). 

The Cattedrale di Santa’Agata was built between 1629 and 1696, replacing a previous church. The church architecture was designed by Giovan Bernardino Genuino, but constructed by local builders, who used local stone. Inside, paintings adorn the interior…but the church was unfortunately closed during our visit. 

The top portion of the facade was completed by Giuseppe Zimbalo, a master of Baroque style, who designed much of Lecce, including portions of the Piazza Duomo Lecce and many other Lecce Churches

Churches to see on our Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy

Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy


Nearby Bonus: Convent and Church of St. Teresa

Just around the corner from the cathedral is a small convent and church, St. Teresa. The church was also designed in the Leccese Baroque style. 

Day Trip To Gallipoli, Italy


#10  Gallipoli Old Town Lanes and Modern New City

Spend some time walking aimlessly through Gallipoli, not looking for anything in particular, but simply seeing where the next turn might lead. After exploring the Old Town, make sure to go back across the bridge and do a loop through the new, more modern part of town – which sits in striking contrast to the historic island.

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Gallipoli, Italy Map

Day trip to Gallipoli, Italy, walking tour sights map


Does your Puglia trip include Lecce, too? Check out our tips for the Best Things To Do in Lecce, Italy!

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More Tips For Your Trip To Gallipoli, Italy

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Gallipoli, Italy Hotels

There are many choices for accommodation in Gallipoli, Italy. Although we didn’t stay overnight, we noted the many guesthouses, Airbnb apartments and hotels throughout the Old Town  – which we think would be the best place to stay. Visitors can find vacation apartments and hotels in Gallipoli, Italy on


Restaurants in Gallipoli, Italy

Italian cuisine – focused heavily on seafood – is the most popular fare in the city. Whether looking for fine dining or fast food, there are numerous Gallipoli restaurants to satisfy your craving! Find top-rated places to eat on TripAdvisor


Gallipoli, Italy Weather

The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot sunny summers and mild winters. Find the current weather forecast on


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