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At Villa d’Este the first edition of Style Electric Yachting

Villa d’Este Style, an initiative that offers every year a selection of charming and exclusive events, is enriched with a new event dedicated to the future of electric mobility on the lake.

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September Villa d’Este, the famous hotel on Lake Como recognized throughout the world as a symbol of refined hospitality, will welcome Villa d’Este Style – Electric Yachting, a unique event by invitation conceived and created in collaboration with the Alessandro Volta Foundation, which combines an intense activity of organizing schools, seminars, scientific conferences and cultural initiatives with a function of connecting the academic world and research with the fabric of the territory and the Ernesto Riva shipyard, the iconic shipyard of the Lario which for 250 years has been involved in the construction, maintenance and restoration of wooden boats, sailboats, oars and motor boats, with particular attention in recent years to high-class electric models.

“Villa d’Este Style – Electric Yachting was born from a reflection on the need to preserve the natural beauty of our lake, so rich in charm and history, just like Villa d’Este. Making lake navigation less and less impactful is an objective to be pursued, reconciling tradition and innovation while respecting the enchanting context in which we are lucky enough to be located ”- says Dr. Giuseppe Fontana, President of the Villa d’Este Group. 

“This event is proposed as a unique and special meeting opportunity” – adds Mr. Danilo Zucchetti, General Manager of the Villa d’Este Group. “The event will be divided into moments of in-depth analysis, with the participation of renowned experts in the sector, and of comparison, offering a complete vision”.

Saturday 11, from 16.00 to 18.00, a round table will be held focusing on the development of electric boating and on the celebration of the 140th anniversary of the creation of the VOLT unit of measurement. Together with Luca Levrini, president of the Alessandro Volta Foundation, Francesco Braghin, of the EIT Urban Mobility of the Politecnico di 


Milan, Marco Casiraghi of Montecarlo Solar & Energy Challenge, Lucio Fregonese of the University of Pavia and Andreas Schimanski of Ecocoach AG, with the moderation of Francesco Condoluci, head of the press office of the Senate of the Republic and journalist. 

Sunday 12, from 10 to 12 will be held the presentation of a novelty of the Ernesto Riva Shipyard and then to follow the navigation of the electric boats to Como, with a tribute to the Volta Temple.

“Even before the pandemic, during which everyone noticed the beauty of Lake Como without waves, without noise, we had already embarked on a development path towards the creation of eco-sustainable boats both in terms of materials and engines – underlines Daniele Riva, owner of the Ernesto Riva Shipyard. “We are convinced that this is the way to go in both the public and private sectors, taking advantage of the collaboration between the various subjects and pursuing continuous research in new technologies and in the style of navigation”.

Como and its lake – says Professor Luca Levrini, President of the Alessandro Volta Foundation – represent the ideal setting to accompany the development of sustainable lake mobility. The progress of this sector must necessarily be associated with a culture that convincingly supports, without exceptions, every action while respecting nature. The Lario is a natural candidate to be the site of all this, also because the fellow citizen Alessandro Volta loved nature, imitated it for the benefit of man, respected it in the desire to integrate with it, exactly as an electric motorboat could do today. Villa d’Este will certainly be a place of stimulus and fertile confrontation, both for the nautical tradition and for being a place whose charm and enchantment are a cultural vocation “.

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