Ferretti Yachts celebrates 50th anniversary in Venice
by Miranda Blazeby
Ferretti Yachts painted the sky red, white and green as it marked its 50th anniversary with a celebration in Venice last weekend (22-24 June).
The weekend of art, entertainment and Italian culture got underway on the Friday with guests attending a gala dinner at the Doge's Palace surrounded by world class art.
Guests admired a number of stand out masterpieces including Tintoretto's Paradise, the largest canvas in the world, and the Veronese's Triumph of Venice.
From the windows of the palace, guests were also treated to a view of the Ferretti Yachts 11-strong fleet parade.
At twilight, the Frecce Tricolori took to the sky and streaked it white, red and green, impressing guests with their acrobatic skills.
Celebrations continued on Saturday morning with the opening of the Venetian Arsenal gates for a closer look at the Ferretti fleet moored inside. Among the yachts, which ranged from 14 to 29 metres, was the Ferretti Yachts 670, which was making its world debut. The 20.2 metre yacht showcases exterior design in partnership with architect Filippo Salvetti and interior styling by in-house designers.
Stand out features include a large flybridge with an area of 25 square metres and a bow featuring a living space that can be converted into a spacious relaxation area at the client’s request. The master suite is situated down below in the centre of the yacht and includes a large study that serves as an antechamber
The Arsenal remained the setting for Saturday evening’s lavish feast which was accompanied by an exclusive performance from Italian singer Umberto Tozzi.
Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group, said of the weekend: "When we thought about the celebrations for our brand that gives the name to our group, we wanted something unique and never seen before”.
As part of the event, Ferretti teamed up with a number of luxury firms to mark the anniversary. Emirates provided a chauffeur services from Malpensa airport to Venice and Maserati exhibited a number of luxury cars.
Guests stayed at The Luxury Collection members including The Gritti Palace. The Gritti Palace boasts the Riva Lounge, which overlooks the water and was designed in collaboration with the iconic Ferretti brand Riva. It is also equipped with a Riva Aquarama speedboat for guest use.