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The LifeStyle: Riva Yachts 27 to 164 Feet of Seduction

Riva yachts have always been a synonym for elegance, and simple luxury. What really stands out in all Riva yachts, open, flybridge and coupé, are the interiors. Expression of Italian artisan skill thanks to some of the most sought-after furnishings currently available on the market, Riva yachts are refined floating dwellings. The furnishings are a collection of styles, all the accessories, draw from the very best of Italian artisan traditions.


The unique comfort these yachts offer seduce even the most demanding of owners. “Tan in the shade” thanks to a sundeck awning in perforated, technological TNT material which allows for ventilation, whilst sipping a cool glass of champagne, stored in a special quick chill fridge, or own a pair of exclusive, personalized water-skis. These are some of the elements which make Riva an immediately recognizable luxury brand.


Since the ‘50s, a true gallery of famous people have enjoyed, and indeed continue to enjoy, a Riva yacht: from Brigitte Bardot, with her Florida to King Hussein of Jordan, who moored his Super Aquarama in Santa Margherita Ligure; from Anita Ekberg, who purchased a Tritone where she could indulge in her own personal Dolce Vita, to Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who used a Junior as a tender for their yacht, and the Shah of Persia, who fell in love with the Riva 2000.


Lastly, Sofia Loren and Sean Connery, who bought a Rudy three years after giving up filming the famous 007 series. Though growing and evolving, Riva remains a luxury icon. A brand where the eccentricity of passing trends does not have the upper hand, but rather long-lasting quality, painstaking care over detail, that touch of glamour which underlines the correct balance between tradition and modernity. I’m sure everyone I know would love to #smokegood and #drinkgood on the beautiful yacht, definitively on my buck-list.


Riva Today

On 1 May 2000 the Ferretti Group took over the Riva boatyard, which could thus go back to flying the Italian flag. The Group had a strong will to relaunch Riva products and the brand by focusing on quality, design, and uniqueness. Riva celebrated the turn of the millennium with the largest rally of period boats in history: more than one hundred yachts, representing all Riva models, paraded on Lake Iseo on 10 September 2000, led by the Aquarama carrying onboard Carlo Riva and Norberto Ferretti, bonded by friendship and mutual esteem.


The opening of the Sarnico shipyard, which was established in 1842 on Lake Iseo, in the area of Franciacorta, marked the beginning of Riva’s long history, from the construction of legendary wooden hulls all the way to today’s yachts, ranging between 27 and 68 feet in length. The heart of the boatyard is the office of Mr. Carlo Riva, who personally designed it with a special care for functionality. Called “la Plancia” (helm Station), this office is located in the middle of the shed’s large dome and features a 40-metre wide arcade supported by two pillars, which also sustain two bridge cranes, each of theme capable of lifting boats weighing over 20 tons. The innovative, futuristic architecture of this office, which is visible from as far as the opposite side of the lake and is protected – just like the entire boatyard – by the Superintendence for Cultural heritage, does not go unseen and still represents an impressive example of modern architecture. The boatyard extends over an area of 36,000 square meters, 17,000 of which are sheltered, and can rely on 10 available mooring berths, 2 jib cranes, 4 painting booths, and a 50-ton capacity trailer used to move finished yachts to the quays and for the handling of shells and large components.

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