RIVA | Sarnico, La Spezia, Italy


The yachts Riva produces today, in both facilities, are true products of top-quality artisan work, extremely luxurious, with unique style and refinement. Classical examples of that Italian spirit and character envied worldwide – Riva motor yachts can be considered as real jewels.

The story of Riva Yachts began in Sarnico when, after a fierce storm, Pietro Riva, a skilled carpenter, began to fix the damaged boats in the harbor. Pietro then opened a shipyard in Sarnico where the very first Riva creations were built. Riva Yachts became well-known in the shipping industry and continued to become successful even after Pietro’s son, Ernesto, took over the management of the company. He significantly raised the quality and fame of the Riva brand. Over the 1920s and 30s, the Riva family broke a number of records with its motorboats and speedboats in national and international competitions.

Carlo Riva took over in the 1950s and directed the company towards pleasure boating. The Riva brand was already known for its yachts’ elegance, style, and beauty, however, the company still continued to strive for perfection. Popular with royalty, as well as with many A-listers, Riva continues to uphold its image of elegance and luxury. In May 2000, Riva joined the Ferretti Group, one of the world’s leading luxury yachting groups. After merging technology, design, and facilities, Riva Yachts reinvented a contemporary and modern style that is considered to be a true masterpiece.

Riva motor yacht’s manufacturing history resembles a made-up movie plot.

In 1842, a young carpenter from a small Italian town, Riva Petro, helped restore most of the fishing boats destroyed after a terrible storm thus earning the citizens’ respect. Soon after that, Petro received an order to build a real boat from one of the local rich men. The opening of his own yard wasn’t long to be awaited. Riva began creating something that no one else had done before – the unique and inimitable yachts. Technological progress allowed then, and still does, for the Riva motor yachts to be widely asked for and even wished for.

Riva yacht manufacturer has taken the most from the 20th century, thus after the First World War, the course was set on speed and maneuverability. The 50s brought in the elegance and luxury status that the company keeps up to this very day.

Today Riva is the most-sold yacht in the world. This is explained by the combination of long-time operating experience and utilizing modern technology in motor yacht manufacturing. Riva yachts have often appeared in Hollywood movies – Ocean’s Twelve, Indiana Jones, and others. This manufacturer’s brand has been setting trends and is undoubtedly the unmatched leader in the yacht fashion industry. The legendary manufacturer also constantly refreshes its model line. One of the latest models is the new 37m Riva 122’ Mythos yacht. We are sure this is far from the last achievements of this company.


RIVA’s unique creations and masterpieces