The ‘heel’ of the Italian peninsula has for many years been the crossroad of innumerable cultures and is a natural ‘springboard’ between Italy and the Balkans. Here you will find thousands of years of fascinating history, but also some of the most spectacular (and often secluded) beaches in the Med. For those into urban explorations, the cities of Bari with its ancient heart and Lecce, rightly considered the capital of the Baroque style, will offer plenty of inspiration. The countryside is just as interesting, with endless fields of olive groves and tiny villages, often punctuated by Trulli, ancient stone houses with conical roofs that go back hundreds of years. The tip of the peninsula - the Salento, is very popular with LGBT people – there are many naturist beaches enjoying sparkling clean sea waters and the area has a growing reputation for being a gay-friendly destination, even organizing its own Pride event in August.