Sala Riva

riva exhibition

RIVA in a permanent exhibition

Seven jewels built by the historic Sarnico-based shipyard on show in a room devoted to the iconic international yacht brand.

For enthusiasts and the public at large, iconic international yacht brand Riva, in partnership with Fondazione Museo Barca Lariana ETS, opened a new 300-square-metre exhibition room at the MBL Lake Como International Museum of Vintage Boats in Pianello del Lario, dedicated to the prestigious motorboats built on Lake Iseo.
On display are seven jewels from the historic Sarnico-based shipyard. The room at the MBL, designed by architect Paolo Albano in tandem with Riva, takes the visitor on a journey through time from the 1930s to the incredible period epitomised by La Dolce Vita, when the Aquarama’s unmistakable lines brought Italian style to the world of yachting and the international collective imagination.
It is tribute to Serafino Riva, famous for his high-speed racing boats, and his son Carlo Riva, who skilfully turned the brand into an international symbol and an object of desire loved by film stars, aristocrats and sports champions alike.

The museum’s collection also boasts several truly special models: HaLu is a Riva from the 1930s when Serafino was still at the helm of the shipyard. HaLu is probably one of the oldest and best preserved vintage Rivas in the world.
The two Riva Series R models, the first to be built on a small production line, are from a few years later, as is the very rare racer fitted with Guzzi engines. Also on show is a Riva Florida with special Scottish Madras upholstery. Visitors can also admire a series of traditional moulds used to produce hulls.

The Museum bookshop will also showcase the refined Riva Brand Experience collection, ranging from clothing and unique accessories to design objects and original collectibles, to keep a reminder with you, wherever you are, of the sea and Riva’s legendary story. 

The room reminds visitors of the origins from which the legend has grown. Born in Laglio in 1822, Pietro Riva left his hometown for Sarnico, on Lake Iseo, to help the local fishermen after a violent storm completely destroyed their fleet. The Riva family returned to Lake Como only 130 years later, with the opening of the Colombo dealership, the exclusive distributor of Riva motorboats which are still built only exclusively in Sarnico. Lake Como is a paradise for pleasure boating, one of the most enchanting places in the world to explore on board a Riva. And it was Carlo Riva who single-handedly built this unique and inimitable brand which in 2022 celebrated its 180th anniversary. 


Il Progetto

Il progetto si propone di raccontare la storia della nautica di un territorio ricco di storia e cultura, quello della Lombardia e del Lago di Como, con la sua straordinaria raccolta di oltre 400 imbarcazioni.