Gallipoli

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Introduction

Gallipoli is practically an island town, as it is almost totally surrounded by the sea. This town is ‘alive’ not only in summer, but all year round, and it has it all: the port, the dreamy beaches (from sandy to rocky), the night life (including open air disco), relax (there is Splash Aquapark near the town), festivals, shopping and history. Gallipoli is situated on the Ionian sea coast, and it is divided in two parts, the old town (historic centre) and the mainland, and these two parts are connected by the 16th century bridge.

The historic center, which was previously the place for the fishermen families to live, is absolutely fascinating to have a long walk through it, to enjoy the sea panoramas from its high medieval walls, to feel the sea breeze and the smells of cooking from the restaurants (there are a lot of them both in historic center and on mainland). There is a labyrinth of cute narrow streets with souvenir stands, and one main avenue around the old town. As Gallipoli is still the home place for fishers, it is famous for the most fresh and tasty seafood, and its fish and seafood market under the bridge is the most important and popular in Salento and even Puglia.

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Sights and Activities

The monuments to see are the Greek Fountain, the Seminary Palace, the Balsamo palace, the Clock Tower, the Pirelli Palace, the byzantine Angioino castle and baroque Sant’ Agatha Cathedral.

The mainland, the modern part of the town, has also the main avenue (which is parallel to the embankment) with lots of shops, hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and offices. There is a cinema and a theatre on the mainland of Gallipoli, but they are usually deserted in summer. Among the most splendid beaches of Gallipoli there are Bikini, Zen, Punta la Suina, Samsara, Lido Pizzo, etc.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.

Post

Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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