“Strength is in the roots, in the roots there is poetry ... "

Those extraordinary 60’s: life scenarios and “dolce vita” playing on air along with the background music of the English folk bands across the Channel, fashion designers launching mini cars and mini-skirts, non-conventional models and the beat generation born on the road….Following the echo of the economic boom, great dreams are shaping up.

On their honeymoon on the French Riviera the young entrepreneur Luigi Scarani and his wife Anna see boats, visit harbours, returning home with a project: setting up family and shop (shipyard) on the banks of the Sebino lake. The intuition is correct: it’s the right time to dare! If it’s true that wisdom comes with age, proof is within RIO’s brand which was born along with the nautical concept.

“Avionautica Rio” was then founded in 1961: building gliders and beautiful motorboats in mahogany with Chris Craft and Rolls-Royce engines along with striking names such as Colorado, Paranà, Bonito, Espera.
In the 70’s the shipyard, already a household name, perceives before others “a boat for all”, deciding to change from handcraft made to industrial, thus creating the boat in ABS, plastic heat-formed material. With a joint co-operation with Anic – Eni, an innovation and a success. Research and innovation continued with the launch of the first Jet, with co-operation from Piaggio. Among others , RIO 310 is born: a symbol of an era change, with more than 50.000 models produced.

In the following decade the shipyard RIO, opens branches in Spain, and in France, developing the division “work boats”, with over 200 patrol vessels supplying the Italian Carabinieri armed forces, by completing a shipyard’s concept at 360°.


We are at the forefront of innovation: globalisation and specialization, new targets and market segmentation. Today RIO YACHTS, guided by  Piergiorgio Scarani, becomes a trend for motorboats Italian Style, the prestigious interpretation of “Navigare Alto”.

From gliders to the prestigious boats made in wood, all plastic heat-formed boats, to modern cruisers in fibreglass.

The fascinating story of a business, that in fifty years of existence, has created schooling of Italian Style world-wide.

It's an history which combines passion, entrepreneurship, vision of the future and solidity in the present


RIO YACHTS during its long history won numerous awards, including: in 2012 the nomination to prestigious “Compasso d’Oro” (nautical design award) with ESPERA 34, in 2016 nomination for  “European Power boat of the year" with PARANA 38, in 2017 with COLORADO 44 and in 2018 with SPIDER40, till the nomination as "Best exterior design" for the prestigious award  “Word Yacht Trophies” with Grantursimo 60.

Al Bagno Colorado
anni 70 - 300.2
anni 70 - 310-2
Prua Colorado
Rio 310
Stand Rio Parigi