The timeless workshop where it was all created: the legendary Sarnico boat yard celebrates 180 years since its construction in 1842.
Riva’s 180th anniversary tells the story of a wonderful adventure of style and elegance that has raised boatbuilding to the level of art. Such a glamorous and radiant celebratory gala could only be held in an equally grandiose venue, the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
In the ’50s, the world discovered that the most beautiful boats are made in Italy – specifically in Sarnico, as Riva became “the motorboat” in the popular imagination. Filmmakers, too, chose the chicest craft that glide over the water with diva-like elegance for scenes of lakeside leisure, sea bathing or getaways among the calli of Venice. With the iconic mahogany classics and their ultramodern cousins, Riva yachts have graced the silver screen to global acclaim for over sixty years. From lauded epics to Italian triumphs, in action movies like Nikita, James Bond or Men in Black and multi-award-winning arthouse films like The Great Beauty, a Riva cameo has often come along to steal the show.
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