Riva boatyard | Italy

Building on a legend.

The Riva boatyard was established in 1842 on Lake Iseo, in Sarnico-Italy. It was a sudden and devastating storm - which irreversibly damaged the boats of the local fishermen, who were left shocked and powerless - that persuaded a young shipbuilder and craftsman who had just moved from Laglio, near Como, to perform a true miracle and repair most of the crafts, thus winning the trust of the locals. This was the beginning of the legend of Riva and that of a man, Pietro Riva, who - immediately after moving to Sarnico - became the master of his own destiny. This was the place where the first boats signed by Riva were launched and immediately stood out for their unmatched style and personality. Riva rapidly gained great respect and recognition; the boatyard flourished also thanks to the far-sightedness of Ernesto Riva, who had succeeded his father Pietro and introduced internal combustion engines on Riva boats.

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. 

Design, materials and absolute quality.

Craftsmanship, unmatchable quality, innovative but always functional design, has always been Riva's hallmark. With a painstaking care of structural details, every boat, from 27 to 115 feet, is given a precise personality linked to its name. Riva is, more than ever, a refined, elegant and timeless beauty on the water, featuring state of the art design and performance. All of Riva's unique characteristics are due to a strong bond between design and tradition. None of its recent accomplishments would have been possible without the knowledge and experience of those individuals who have passed their talents in building boats from generation to generation. Today, Riva’s models stand out for their clean and essential lines, very elegant and original, for their exclusive design and unique style. This perfect blend of elegance and innovation sets the benchmark in the history of international boating design. The spirit of Pietro Riva, the young boat builder, still lives on. Riva is still building boats nobody else possibly could. Officina Italiana Design is the design studio to which the unmistakable style of Riva yachts has been exclusively entrusted, for both the interiors and exteriors, marking new stages in the history of international nautical design. 

Lifestyle | The Riva yachts: 27 to 164 feet of seduction.

Of rare beauty and refinement, 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.

Camper & Nicholsons |

Luxury Yacht Charter.

Destination Places.

A luxury yacht charter is the perfect platform for exploring some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the world. Our yacht charter brokers can advise you on which luxury yacht to charter that fulfills your individual yachting needs.

For today's man. Aboard all of our luxurious charter yachts, from the performance sailing yachts to the new breed of charter megayachts, there is more on offer than mouth-watering cuisine, exemplary service, diverse destinations and world-class accommodation.

Imagine… a hotel with a ratio of one staff to every guest; a restaurant where you pick up gourmet cuisine of your choice, a resort where you can have the company of your friends any time for as long as you are there; a holiday itinerary that enables you to decide where and when to go, at your own pace; or a luxury villa where you can relax undisturbed by outsiders…

Bespoke Yacht Charters.

Whether it is provisioning the yacht with your favourite wine, arranging a surprise anniversary party, or organising transfers, excursions, restaurant reservations or a game of golf, your yacht charter broker, captain and crew will ensure that once you step on board you have the time of your life.

Camper & Nicholsons charter brokers have an intimate, first hand experience of each yacht – its food, décor, crew, facilities and accommodation – and excel in ensuring they select the ideal yacht and destination for each client. Drawing on more than 180 years of experience between them, they have inspected every yacht Camper & Nicholsons represents, as well as most of the superyachts available for charter, and make it a priority to know each captain and crew, therefore providing clients with expert opinions and references. They are also widely travelled and able to offer clients advice on specific cruising grounds, along with personal recommendations on the best restaurants, clubs, boutiques, and even unknown beaches and coves, providing an innovative flair for inspired itineraries.

Unlock the World of Camper & Nicholsons.

Every yachting experience is unique. From the moment you make the decision to step on board, to choosing the type of yacht to deciding where to go, the journey is bespoke to you. Welcome to a world beyond luxury, where extraordinary is par of the course. The following videos bring you one step closer. We ensure your journey is of the finest standard from the very beginning. From the very beginning, pure luxury flows throughout your entire journey. We are here to help every step of the way. With a team of exceptional staff on hand 24/7, you will experience the best quality service from your welcome to your goodbye. A superyacht allows you the flexibility to spend your time exactly how you wish. Stay on board, step ashore – the choice is yours and yours alone. Create life long treasured memories as you embark on your bespoke journey.