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Relais Corte Palmieri, Gallipoli

Editor's Pick
3 Corte Palmieri
Tel: 39 083 326 5318's insider take:

Discovered long ago by northern Italian tourists but still relatively unknown outside the country, historic Gallipoli is one of southern Puglia's most characterful seaside towns. The old part is clustered on a promontory that juts out into the Bay of Taranto, and somewhere in its maze of narrow lanes (check the map on the hotel Web site) stands this 20-room boutique hotel, recently converted from an 18th-century town house. It's an enjoyable warren of a place, with stairs and passageways leading to terraces on different levels. Rooms are whitewashed, but the starkness is lifted by splashes of color: bedcovers with vigorous vermilion borders, or wardrobes jazzed up with stenciled coral motifs. Breakfast—a fairly simple affair, with fresh fruit, brioche, fruit juice, and marmalade—is served on a panoramic terrace, which also functions as an aperitivo bar. The chic-antique Palazzo Mosco Inn, a sister hotel less than a five-minute walk away, is also worth a look—though for our money, Corte Palmieri takes the charm prize.

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