This week we traveled back in time and lived the old luxury of the Bella Vita at Lake Iseo, thanks to Bellini Nautica. Martina Bellini, daughter of Romano Bellini, provided us with the exclusive Riva Aquarama Special from 1977, one of the most luxurious boats in the world, and took us out on the beautiful Lago d'Iseo for a picturesque experience.
The Aquarama was produced between 1962 to 1996 and is one of Carlo Riva's most famous designs known as the Ferrari of the boats! The heritage of the name Aquarama is really interesting - it is inspired by Cinerama which is the first widescreen projection system with an angle very similar to the Aquarama curved widescreen that offers panoramic views of the water. In total there were 769 boats built with a clientele like Peter Sellers, Prince Rainier of Monaco and Ferrucio Lamborghini.
Speaking of Lamborghini... We had the extreme pleasure to visit the Romano Bellini Private Collection - the most complete Riva Collection in the world. There were 17 vintage Riva models displayed to be admired, starting with the Riva Racer from 1920. Of course, the collection also included the Riva Lamborghini - fastest Aquarama in the world.
In 1968 Ferrucio Lamborghini ordered Hull No.278 which took only three months to build because Ferruccio Lamborghini wanted it out on the water by August... He was not settling for a regular V8 engine btw so he took a pair of 350 bhp 4.0 V12 Lamborghini engines from a 350 GT and adapted them on his new Riva. The fastest Aquarama was made with a touch of Lamborghini.
A great experience and I'm so happy that I finally had the chance to visit this amazing collection of Riva boats. Riva is one of the most unique, elegant and classy boats in the world witch iconic history of boats and captures the Italian style of yachting and the good life that goes hand in hand, and I hope that I was able to show you a good little glimpse of that.