The old town of Gallipoli occupies a small island ringed by 14th-century walls in the historic region of Salento in Southern Italy. One of the region’s prettiest spots, it is awash with Baroque architecture and narrow lanes that take you down to the shores of the Ionian Sea. A sprinkling of medieval landmarks and a fishing port bear testimony to the town’s maritime heritage, while a stonework bridge connects to the mainland and the modern borgo.
A wide range of hotel options can be found in both the old and new parts of Gallipoli, each playing their own distinctive role in to the town’s rich history and enduring appeal. The surrounding coastline is not to be overlooked when picking your accommodation either, with a large number of hotels offering a peaceful setting, yet within easy reach of Gallipoli’s bustling centre.
From €157/ night
Two historic palaces house this five-star hotel, located a hundred metres away from the old centre of Gallipoli. Open sea views across the harbour are afforded from the panoramic terrace, where there’s also a rooftop restaurant and a hydromassage pool. The ‘Ravenna’ building is home to elegant rooms decorated with frescoes and classic finishings, while more modern options are available at the ‘Provenzano’ palace. The interiors still include original details from the 1800s, adding to the hotel’s character and charm.
From €49/ night
The result of an elegant revamp of a historic palace, Hotel 33 Baroni stands out in the borgo of Gallipoli with its bright colours and modern façade. A minimal and stylish design ethos can be seen throughout the hotel, which includes high-tech conference rooms and a large terrace with views spanning both the northern and the southern gulfs. A variety of guest rooms and suites are available, as well as more options at the sister hotel Palazzo Piro, which opened in 2014 in the higher part of the burg, only 50 metres from the original Hotel 33 Baroni.
From €88/ night
Masseria l’Antico Frantoio offers a ideal chance to soak up the local traditions in a relaxing and tranquil setting. It’s housed in a renovated oil mill dating back centuries, surrounded by nature and only a kilometre from the beach. Each of its seven rooms have independent access and an adjoining garden, while the imperial suite sits in a privileged position with stunning views over the coast. A restaurant and a SPA are also available, the latter featuring a small pool carved into the stone. From November to March, guests can join the hosts in collecting oranges from a nearby grove, to then turn them into delicious jams and pastries.
From €79/ night
Xilhotel has been thoroughly renovated in 2019 to provide each guest room with an exclusive feel and unique character. Minimalist decor and high-tech details enrich the nine available rooms, eight of which include either a balcony or a small private terrace overlooking the harbour. Another scenic spot is the communal terrace on the top floor, which is ideal for enjoying a buffet breakfast or sipping a sunset aperitivo. This waterfront hotel is located around the corner from the lively Corso Roma, while the bridge leading to the charming alleys of the old town is just five minutes away.
From €34/ night
With the sea on its doorstep, Miramare Hotel is the perfect option for a quiet stay far from the crowds of the town centre. Large terraces provide each room with open sea views, while the two suites on the top floor boast private outdoor Jacuzzis. The services offered by this family-run hotel include a private beach, boat tours, and a restaurant serving regional cuisine. It takes 15 minutes by car to reach the centre of Gallipoli.