The literal translation of Gallipoli is ‘beautiful city’ and the arresting architecture and coastal splendour of this Italian idyll certainly confirms the reason for Gallipoli’s impressive identity. The ancient town is a postcard picture of perfection and its surrounding sea walls exude an air of antique majesty. Unlike many Italian beach resorts, Gallipoli has a more authentic feel with its working harbour and bustling streets; this refreshing authenticity is most prominent within the sublime seafood served in many traditional taverns.
Undoubtedly the town’s most iconic architectural feature, the buttery sand stone façade of Gallipoli Cathedral is an arresting vision. Reminiscent of an elaborate biscuit, the cathedral features a filigreed frontage and a retreating and regal clock tower. Inside, important art works line the richly decorated walls.
Immerse yourself in the town’s rich maritime heritage with a visit to the bright and bustling Fish Market; here, locals flock to purchase the freshest and most flavoursome fish that have been brought back by the boats that very day.
Residing in the dramatic shadow of the Cathedral is the ancient Museo Civico, an established and enthralling collection of artefacts that depict the town’s intriguing history. Highlights of the well curated collection include fish heads, ancient sculptures and a 3rd century sarcophagus.
As its name suggests, La Puritate Restaurant does not meddle with the purity and freshness of its products. With an ever-changing menu dedicated solely to seafood specialities, the ocean side eatery is guaranteed to surprise and seduce with its flavoursome flair and refreshing authenticity. (Via S.Elia, 18, 73014 Gallipoli LE, Italy)