Gallipoli (Apulia)

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Gallipoli (Italy)
Country Italy
region Apulia
province Lecce  (LE)
Coordinates 40 ° 3 '  N , 18 ° 0'  E Coordinates: 40 ° 3 '21 "  N , 17 ° 59' 33"  E
height 12  m slm
surface 40 km²
Residents 20,182 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density 505 inhabitants / km²
Post Code 73014
prefix 0833
ISTAT number 075031
Popular name Gallipolini, Gallipolitani
Patron saint San Sebastiano, Sant'Agata (January 20th)
Website Gallipoli
Gallipoli Città Vecchia.jpg
Bridge to the old town and fortress
View to the new town
City beach

Gallipoli is a southern Italian port city.


The city has 20,182 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019). It is located in Apulia , in the province of Lecce , on the Gulf of Taranto .

Gallipoli consists of the old town (centro storico) and the village (Italian: Borgo), the new town. The old town lies on a rocky island and is connected to the new town on the mainland by a bridge.

The neighboring municipalities are Alezio , Galatone , Matino , Sannicola and Taviano .


The city was founded as Kallipolis by Greek colonists . The Greek name means “beautiful city”. 265 BC It allied itself with the neighboring Greek colony Taras (Tarento) against the Romans . However, the resistance was broken. The conquerors declared the city a Roman municipality and stationed a garrison. The Romans called the city "Gallipoli". In the 5th century AD, the Vandals sacked the city.

In the Middle Ages , the city was first Norman , later Staufer , before it fell to the House of Anjou in 1266 under Charles I , under which the Castello was built and rebuilt several times. The advancing Venetians were victorious in 1484 against strong resistance, but did not destroy the city.

The French-friendly Gallipoli fought against the English fleet in 1809.

Gallipoli was a bishopric until 1986 and has a museum.


Wines ( Alezio , Matino ) and olive oil are produced. Fishing and tourism also play an important role.


Gallipoli has a train station where two railway lines end:

In addition, there are three other stops in the city :

  • Gallipoli Baia Verde (Casarano – Gallipoli railway)
  • Gallipoli Via Salento (Casarano – Gallipoli railway)
  • Gallipoli Via Agrigento (Lecce – Gallipoli line)

The former Gallipoli Porto stop and the port connection are no longer served.


Town twinning

Gallipoli maintains the following cities partnerships :

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Gallipoli (Italy)  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.
  2. Bethlehem Twinning Cities (english)