Please note that you cannot buy books directly from the Riva Society GB website. This page is a bibliography of books and articles written about Cantieri Riva, with links where relevant.

Carlo la leggenda Riva il mito, (Volumes I & II)

Piero Maria Gibellini, (Ari Grafiche Dial – Mondovi, 1996)

The definitive history of Cantieri Riva, available in English and Italian

The Story Continues, Piero Maria Gibellini (2002)

Lake Tahoe – a portrait in wood, Olaf Tamm

Olaf Tamm is also publishing a four volume limited edition featuring his photographs of Riva boats, a few of which are shown left and in our gallery. Titles are given below.
For more details and to order copies visit

Volume 1: Sentimenti Italiani
(May 2004)
A RIVA boat trip through the traditional environment of Italy. Venice, Rapallo and Liguria. Includes an exclusive interview with Carlo Riva. 40 color and black & white images.

Volume 2: Escursione Lago d’Iseo
(September 2004)
A visit to the place of origin, Cantiere RIVA Sarnico, Lago d´Iseo, Italy.

Volume 3: Viaggio nell’Arte
(Autumn 2004)
The design of Carlo Riva. The most famous aspects of his work. Excitement in wood and chrome. A colourful experience in lines and shapes.

Volume 4: Immagini del Moment
RIVA boats around the world today.

Riva – The Classic Wooden Boats, Sergio Massaro (Ediauto Hye Park, 1991)

Riva Millennium Meeting – Sarnico 7-10 Settembre 2000
A cura di Riccardo Sassoli, Testi di Luigi Carlo Saulle (Idea Books, 2000)

Riva, la légende, Gérald Guétat, Etai, France (no date given)


“The world of Carlo Riva”, Nicholas K. Mango & Liz Garthe, WoodenBoat, September/October 1993
“A Riva runs through it”, Hugo Andreae, from Range Rover – The inside story of Britain’s brand new 4×4 hero, supplement to Autocar magazine, December 2001