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“There are no limits to the beauty of the Aquarama,
how perfect it looks and how timeless. It was an
instant classic. You could have an eighty-meter yacht,
but people will always look at the Aquarama first.”

— Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group

Riva boats possess an allure that sets them apart as truly exceptional. Their essence lies in a captivating fusion of heritage, iconic design, meticulous craftsmanship, unparalleled performance, and an air of exclusivity. They epitomize the pinnacle of luxury boating, ceaselessly captivating enthusiasts with their elegance and uncompromising quality.

The Riva narrative revolves around an unparalleled, unreplicable savoir-faire that remains the secret behind its timeless beauty and enduring style. This mystique has been present since its very inception, dating back to the remarkable year of 1842. It was on the picturesque waters of Lake Iseo where destiny intertwined with a sudden tempest that ravaged the fishing fleet. Amidst this chaos, a young shipwright by the name of Pietro Riva emerged, wielding his extraordinary skills to perform miracles of restoration. With his deft touch, Pietro resurrected the battered vessels, eliciting awe, respect, and admiration from the local community. In that moment, the legendary Riva story was born, nestled in the humble town of Sarnico, where Pietro, accompanied by his son, unfurled the sails of their shipyard.

Riva has been building boats for generations, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques. The brand’s legacy and commitment to quality have earned it a prestigious reputation.

In the world of glamour and opulence, there exists a vessel that has captivated the hearts of luminaries from the enchanting Brigitte Bardot to the timeless elegance of Elizabeth Taylor, from the enigmatic Gunter Sachs to the revered royal family of Monaco. This vessel, none other than the Aquarama, stands as a symbol of utmost fascination, its allure transcending generations.

With its sleek silhouette and impeccable craftsmanship, the Aquarama effortlessly embodies a timeless design that goes beyond mere functionality. Its graceful curves and meticulous detailing evoke a sense of unparalleled luxury and sophistication, setting it apart as an iconic masterpiece. Celebrities and dignitaries alike have succumbed to its magnetic charm, yearning for the incomparable experience of gliding through crystal-clear waters on a vessel that epitomizes elegance and prestige.

Courtesy of Assouline – Credit Alberto Cocchi

From the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean to the beckoning allure of distant horizons, the Aquarama has served as a faithful companion on countless unforgettable voyages. It has woven tales of elegance and adventure, becoming an indispensable part of the memories etched into the minds of its passengers.

Each encounter with the Aquarama is an encounter with history and legacy. Its prestigious lineage stretches back through time, intertwining with the fabled tales of those who have graced its decks. Brigitte Bardot’s radiant smile, Elizabeth Taylor’s poise, Gunter Sachs’ enigmatic aura, and the royal family of Monaco’s regal presence have all contributed to the tapestry of moments woven by this remarkable vessel.

The Aquarama embodies the essence of luxury, blending artistry and engineering into a seamless symphony of form and function. It stands as a testament to the pursuit of perfection, where every detail is meticulously crafted to create an unparalleled experience. It is a vessel that beckons the privileged few to embark on a voyage of style.

As time passes and trends come and go, the Aquarama remains an eternal icon, a beacon of elegance that continues to inspire awe and admiration. The Aquarama is not merely a boat; it is an embodiment of a lifestyle, a mix of luxury and elegance that will forever enchant us.

In the realm of luxury boating, the Aquarama reigns supreme—an enduring testament to the allure of timeless design, impeccable craftsmanship, and the transcendent power of sailing into the horizon with grace and sophistication.

Courtesy of Classic Driver – Brigitte Bardot on a Riva

In recent book, part of their Ultimate Collection, publisher Assouline shines a light on the Riva Aquarama’s story and how, more than just a trophy, the Aquarama is fiercely beloved by its owners and enthusiasts alike— it’s not just a boat, but the realization of a dream.

Courtesy of Assouline
Courtesy of Assouline

“Riva Aquarama” by Assouline is available on or in Assouline stores across the globe.

Franco-Lebanese luxury industry enthusiast, Aya Mechelany, writes features across all editorial pillars of KHAMSA. With the goal of finding contemporary & cool subjects from her own personal experience, as well as her passions and inspirations, Aya deep dives into various subjects to inspire and excite like-minded readers.