Gallipoli is situated in Lecce district, in Salento, in Puglia.
The town extends along the Ionian Sea with the old town centre located on an island and a bridge that connects it to the mainland, where there is the most recent part of the town.
Gallipoli offers a wide variety of places of historical and cultural interest to visit, such as the Co-Cathedral Basilica of St. Agatha, built in Baroque style in the seventeenth century at the highest point of the island. The prospectus contains stone statues of various saints, including Sanint Agatha. The three naves inside contain baroque altars and many paintings. Another important altar is the marble one of the presbytery.
Specolizzi Palace, residence of the noble family who governed the town, is located in the old town centre and dates back to the fourteenth century; it hasn’t changed a lot, it still has the original look with ornate cornices and solid walls, where you can still see the coat of arms of the family.
A suggestive element of the town is the Greek Fountain. It dates back around the third century, has a facade with reliefs on stone slabs with mythological figures of Dirce, Salmace and Biblide, and a later facade of the eighteenth century with the coat of arms of Gallipoli and the insignia of Charles III of Bourbon.
The imposing and spectacular Angevin Castle leans on the sea with its walls to defend the town. It was originally built in the thirteenth century and saw its greatest expansion under the Aragonese who in the sixteenth century fortified it with the addition of the towers and the equipment of catapults and the cannons that still exist.