The Riva Society Great Britain (GB) was established in 2002 by enthusiasts of the classic range of powerboats made by world-famous boat builders, Cantieri Riva.
As the British chapter of the Riva Historical Society, to which all members also belong, Riva Society GB aims to preserve and promote the Riva legend in the spirit of its creator Carlo Riva. To find out more about the benefits of joining, view our membership pages.
In Memory of Carlo Riva
‘His heart beats on in his beautiful boats’
24 February 1922 – 10 April 2017
Riva’s history dates back to 1842, when Pietro Riva began building boats on the shores of Lago d’Iseo. L to R - Arch. Piero Gibellini - RHS, Ing. Carlo Riva, John Norbury - RSGB, Arch. Giorgio Barilani - Riva and Gary Brown - RSGB.
A classic Riva boat is a design icon, a moving sculpture in wood, chrome and leather with a sweeping cinerama glass screen that attracts attention wherever it goes and give pleasure to all onboard.
'Riva Days Events', our main boat meetings organised by the local clubs and the RHS, are held in legendary settings such as Venice, the Italian lakes or the French and Italian rivieras where the sun, food, and wine create a relaxed and enjoyable ambiance for all involved.