Greek for “Beautiful City,” Gallipoli is set on the tip of the Salentina Peninsula, which juts out into the Ionian Sea in Sothern Italy. The Old Town is located on a limestone island just off the shore, linked to the mainland by a 16th century bridge that remains fairly unchanged. With just 21,000 residents, entering this village is like taking a step back into Italy’s past. Small lanes, charming restaurants, and a genuine pride for local history make Gallipoli a welcome respite from some of the busier, more touristed cities in Italy. As it is still slightly off the traditional tourist trail, a venture to Gallipoli means real time to connect with what makes Italy so wonderful - the people and the food!