Built on a lagoon, Venice comprises over 100 tiny islands, divided by canals and connected by bridges. The unique construction and architecture give the Italian city more than its share of romance. As the world's only pedestrian city, Venice is a sensory overload: from the mosaic encrusted Basilica di San Marco, to the Museo Querini Stampalia crammed with Renaissance paintings. It is, without a doubt, the most photogenic city in Europe and must be explored when chartering a yacht in eastern Italy. Explore the labyrinth of canals, wander the atmospheric cobbled streets, marvel at the iconic Renaissance architecture and visit the skilled glass blowers of Murano.
From Venice, you’re within a day’s sail of the Croatian coast. But if it’s Italy that you want to explore, head south along the east coast to discover the fabulous beaches and villages along the Adriatic coastline. Stop in Rimini for an alfresco snack at Casina del Bosco where you can enjoy some of the best and most diverse piadine in town, served with sensational fillings such as caramelised figs. Visit Ravenna, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site with captivating monuments and mosaics. In Puglia, Bari offers the chance to indulge in simple but delicious cuisine and relish the lilting fishing villages of this magical sun-baked stretch of southeast Italy.