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The pride of more than 170 years of tradition

Riva's historical archive has collected a priceless wealth of documents, films, photographs and objects that recount an important chapter in the history of the world pleasure boating industry unveiling, in a unique and inimitable way, over 170 years of history of one of the oldest boatyards in the world.

Perfectly preserved and catalogued, through careful and painstaking archiving work according to the highest European standards for this type of activity, Riva's Historical Archive is divided into four main groups: images, films, documents and objects that, in turn, include photographs, negatives, slides, black and white and color prints, 16 and 35 mm films (some silent and some with a soundtrack), projects, original drawings, catalogues, price lists, promotional material and posters as well as a collection of historical objects including boat accessories and furnishing that nowadays have become true cult objects for all those who love style, design and "industrial art".

It is the only archive of its kind in the world, a treasure in continuous growth that benefits, on the one hand, from new and precious contributions from Riva's research and development team - aimed mainly at reconstructing historical events, restoring materials kept inside and outside the yard and collecting the most precious testimonies of those personalities that have helped to establish Riva throughout the world and, on the other, from numerous private funds, amongst which those of Mr. Riva himself, Mr. Barilani - the well-known Riva's architect, Mauro Micheli - designer of all Riva 33 to 122 feet boats currently in production, Andrea Fustinoni - through his hospitality rich in emotions and memories at the Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita Ligure, and Norberto Ferretti, that, was the first to provide the Riva archive with precious unpublished materials.