If you visit the small and old shipyard “Riva” together with wood and glue smell you can still breath the authenticity of a job: the shipwright (sepultùn in dialect) which has been passed on from father to son for more than one hundred and eighty years.

The shipyard is situated near the pyramid. Only vessels of precious wood were made by expert hands in Riva Shipyard in a union of handicraft and art, from the sport boats to polished yachting boats. A few words on the dialectal word: sepultùn. The etym derives from the archaic Italian: sepoltone or the person who builds, repairs and caulks boats. Another vernacular version is “sefolc” a chisel used to insert oakum between one wooden plank and the other.

There’s also a third version, probably the most unlikely but at the same time the most intriguing. It’s said that in past centuries those who built boats also built coffins. May it be only a case that the typical lake vessels are called “quatr’ass” ( four planks) and even today when someone dies they say: “Poor crist, l’è nàa via déent a un quatr’ass” (poor man he lef in four wooden planks)? And will it really be only a case that this gem of a shipyard is next to the graveyard?


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