For a seaman, the harbour is a safe place to moor your boat, after a quiet outing with friends or at the end of a stormy crossing. But a port is also history, services, sea stories on the docks and environment. A port is also a workplace and fervent activity.

Carlo Riva Harbour is one of the most efficient and prestigious marinas of Italy and is the result of forty years of commitment of its creator who always believed in this landing place, despite the technical and bureaucratic difficulties.

Born between boats and shipyards, heir of that concept of boating flawless perfection that has always been the flag of Riva in Sarnico, Carlo was a fully-fledged pioneer of nautical Yachting in Italy.

Following the example of Pierre Canto, the one who carried out the port of Cannes, as far back as 1971 Carlo Riva is thrilled at the idea of carrying a Pearl of Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) to Tigullio Gulf. It’s an ambitious project, worthy of the best Italian nautical traditions, dictated by the experience, tenacity, but above all passion and desire to do.

And this resulted in the first Italian tourist landing.

Like all pioneering ideas, even the port had to be faced with a local reality resistance, in those days, reluctant to innovations and not supported by a clear legislative reference.

But in the end Carlo Riva Harbour, unanimously considered the ‘good drawing-room’ of international yachting, from seemingly impossible dream became reality. A reality for 400 boats from 6 to 42 metres, in addition to transiting places and 500 boat spaces made to public port.

On 26 July 1975 opens happily the new landing. In the photo gallery some pictures representing the phases of design, construction and inauguration of the port.

Porto Turistico Internazionale di Rapallo SpA
Calata Andrea Doria, 2
16035 Rapallo – Genova – Italia
Tel: +39.0185.6891