Riva Boats on Lake Garda

If you’ve ever been to Lake Garda you would almost certainly have seen and heard of the magnificent Riva boat. The first time you witness the spectacular sight of the beautifully crafted wooden boats,  your jaw will hit the floor; if at first you don’t see it, then the distinct thrum of the engine as it glides across the lake, is enough to turn any head. With their sensuous curves carved in mahogany, and sparkling chrome fittings you will fall almost immediately in love, whenever a Riva boat pulls in to shore the cameras come out.

Whether or not you’ve realised, you have probably come across these awesome machines before, as they were very popular in the 50’s and 60’s with many of the top Hollywood stars. Sophia Loren and Sean Connery , Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Bridgett Bardot, Anita Ekberg and Marilyn Munroe are just some iconic figures that have owned or been photographed on the equally iconic Riva boat.

Although to own one of these beauties is still only a dream for us mere mortals, a Riva boat ride on Lake Garda is now a real possibility. I will tell why in just a moment but first a few facts about the ‘Lamborghinis’ of the boat world.

Riva Boat Ride On Lake Garda

11 Things To Know About Riva Boats

  1. Riva boats were originally built at the Riva boat building yard in the town of Sarnico, on the shore of Lago D’Iseo, which is in the Franciacorta region of Italy just 50 miles from Lake Garda.
  2. It was in 1832 that Pietro Riva arrived in Sarnico from Laglio near Lake Como. Pietro instantly became a local hero after using his craftsmanship and boat buildin