In the collective consciousness of yacht lovers, the Riva brand represents the purest luxury, elegance, exclusivity, glamour and sportsmanship. In turn, Riva has been the cult brand of international celebrities, athletes and royalty since 1950.
The Riva shipyard was founded on the banks of Lake Iseo, in Sarnico, Italy, in 1842, when a young ship builder by the name of Pietro Riva settled in the Lombard city with the aim of providing services to owners of vessels which had been damaged by a raging storm. The quality and reliability of his work made him a local celebrity in a very short time, thus starting the legend.
Although Riva received public recognition rapidly, its growth was gradual and went on through five generations that throughout its history respected the family legacy that dictated the pursuit of elegance, attention to detail and sportsmanship.
In the 1950s, Carlo Riva consolidated the brand image that continues to identify its vessels until today. In those years, its emblematic polished wooden boats with generous and perfectly constructed spaces attracted attention in exclusive marinas, beaches and lakes around the world. The most celebrated vessel of that time was the Ariston.
“Designed with love, this model is born as powerful and pure as a pedigree horse. It will be unforgettable,” said Carlo Riva referring to the legendary ship. This stunning 21-foot boat with an internal engine stood out for its exquisite design featuring lines of polished wood that resembled a very elegant sportscar. Today, a copy of the Riva Ariston from the 1950s and 1960s is priced around $100,000.
Riva models were always objects of desire for yacht lovers because of the company’s evolution in technology, design and exclusivity. The materials, the streamlined shape, the interior designs and the engines are perfect illustrations of the most refined Italian style. Another iconic proclamation of the brand’s identity is the Riva Aquarama Lamborghini, a mythical model powered by a very powerful V12 designed by Ferruccio Lamborghini himself.
By 2000, Ferretti Group, the largest conglomerate of luxury crafts manufacturers in the world acquired Riva. Keeping the legacy of the Riva family, the brand now offers an extensive range of vessels—some more than 115 feet in length—that are real wonders of modern naval engineering. ■