An Afternoon in Gallipoli

Its convenient to base yourself at one place and take day trips from there. In Lecce one such day trip that I took was to the town of Gallipoli. Initially I was a little doubtful using the local train service of Puglia, (not the national service which is Trenitalia), I took a chance and hopped on to a toy train to reach Gallipoli! Boy oh boy what a train it was!
The train looked as if it was never polished or painted in years. But what mattered that it was on time and took me to Gallipoli safely. It was only an hour’s journey from Lecce and I so enjoyed a taste of the Puglian countryside with the olive groves and semi barren land abound.

My train for Gallipoli

Towards the centre in Gallipoli

What’s new in Gallipoli


  1. Take a walk in the historic centre.
  2. Visit the many churches the town has to offer. I lost count!
  3. Head down to Spiaggia della purita (the beach).
  4. Buy olive oil from La Bottega del Salento.
  5. Admire the baroque architecture.
  6. Walk in one of the interior alleys and watch the locals go by their business.
  7. Find a place for lunch by the seaside.

A Fiat 500 in Gallipoli

Castello Angioino di Gallipoli

View of the Gallipoli harbour


Bottega del Salento, Gallipoli

Traditional nonne dolls in Gallipoli



Cute corners in Gallipoli


Gallipoli is lovely! I don’t know if I would go back but it certainly is worth one trip.

59 thoughts on “An Afternoon in Gallipoli

    1. Thank you Sheryl, its absolutely charming and no picture can do justice. Yes the sun was too strong 🙁 The heat right now must be unbearable in the day.

      1. I’ll save my visiting for winter, that would be perfect for me – but your photos put it on my list for sure!! Ha, I might have a small trouble getting my travel scooter on that train, but I’ll bet I could do it.. 🙂 It comes apart!

  1. Ciao! We had the chance to stay in Prato, Italy for ten days four years ago. I can’t wait to go back! We are still friendly with the professor and his wife who gave us an absolutely spectacular, educational, and wonderful experience. Your pictures of Gallipoli were just beautiful and transported me back there! I can’t wait to read more of your posts. Some day, I’d love to live in Italy.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. That must have been lovely. Did you write on it? Would love to see some of your pictures too 🙂 I hope you can live in Italy someday

      1. I have a whole journal of our trip and I sent very detailed emails back to family and friends every day or so. And, of course, we have a gazillion photos! I guess I need to start putting things together in a blog!! 🙂

  2. Having spent a lot of time in Australia, I immediately thought of the ‘other’ Gallipoli … Gelibolu, in Turkey. It looks like a great place, though.

  3. OMG how funny is that train. A base with day trips is the way to go. I was in Gallipoli a few years ago. Delightful

      1. Leaving italy today. Lots of stories to write. Wifi has been really intermittent all this week as all the hotels have been old Palazzo with very thick walls, I have a great story next.

    1. Thanks George. Can you tell me the group name on Facebook that you mentioned earlier where I could post this post? or probably I will tag you through my page

  4. Great post! We had a terrific week biking in Puglia and your post brought back great memories. We were there in early October, so the weather was clear and coolish and there were virtually no tourists.

  5. Ishita, yes I have to laugh at that train. I would be hesitant to. It looks like a big toy. Anyway, loved your post and photos. Gallipoli is a wonderful place, one I could go back to and savor again.

  6. What a beautiful town! So glad you were able to visit and share the pictures with us! Here is a link to blog.learntravelitalian if you want to learn more about the trains system in Italy.
    I have to say also that I really rely on the train to get around in Italy and it has not let me down. Every village is linked to the larger cities by a local train route. Yes, the trains that make local stops in the smaller villages look old, but they run well and generally on time.

    1. Absolutely 🙂 Thank you so much for following along. I love your blog. Learning Italian isn’t easy but I am trying 😉 Yes love the train system, always rely on public transport when I am in Europe in general.

  7. Ishita, Gallipoli is a place I’ve read about in histories of WWI, but I have never seen a travel writer report on it. Thank you very much for giving me a glimpse of it. Grazie.

  8. This seacoast looks pretty beautiful and peaceful, like an undiscovered part of Italy 🙂 You’ve just made me to plan a trip to Italy, and using only the local public transport (if all of them are like this train) 🙂

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