Dolce vita charm


When it comes to glamour, elegance and style at sea, there is nothing more seductive than Aquarama. Designed by the legendary Carlo Riva, the wooden boat has become a symbol of Italian design and the Riva Aquarama book, edited by Assouline, celebrates its 60th anniversary. Loved for its clean lines, mahogany, glittering chrome details and Robin’s signature blue and cream upholstery, Aquarama reflected the optimism of the dolce vita of early 1960s Italy. It’s impossible to imagine the sparkling Côte d’Azur and the shores of Europe without visions of endless summers spent lounging in the back of the boat in the warm summer sun and the gentle roar of the engine as Aquarama ripped through the waves.

The iconic Riva boat enjoys a mythical status and has been loved by film stars, heads of state and royalty – everyone from Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Gunter Sachs and the royal family of Monaco, among countless other personalities, have been enchanted by the Aquarama spell. Of the approximately 760 completed Aquaramas built at the Sarnico shipyard, Riva experts estimate that some 650 still exist, which only adds to the legendary status of the vessel. But more than a trophy, the Aquarama is much loved by both owners and enthusiasts alike; it is not just a boat, but the realization of a dream. In this extraordinary tribute to Aquarama, author Michael Verdon tells the story of the legendary vessel and brings to life the charm of its dolce vita. The book is also offered in a special edition, in a luxurious mahogany box made to express the beauty of Aquarama’s magnificent hull. This special edition offers owners, collectors and enthusiasts a piece of the Riva dream.


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