Poet / Novelist / Thinker


Just One Scent

Just One Scent The Rest Is God

Awarded the Silver Medal in 2015, by the Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Inc., (FAPA), this second edition offers 22 poems and three prose pieces that form a meditation on a life well-lived. Piero Rivolta plumbs eternal questions and reviews the choices made and unmade as one navigates the seas of existence.

One Life, Many Lives

One Life, Many Lives

A pensive collection of poetry and prose centered around the sense of regret that time is slipping away coupled with a deep appreciation for what is best in humanity and the eternal truths that govern the earthly existence of human beings.

Journey Beyond 2012

Journey Beyond 2012

According to the Mayan calendar, Nostradamus and other prognosticators, December 21, 2012 was to usher in dramatic changes for the world – if the world did not end first. Piero Rivol’s visionary novel, Journey Beyond 2012, explores those predictions through the lives of three people: George, an engineer of international construction projects; his wife, Valeria; and Ryan, a financier, business partner and friend. As December 21, 2012 nears, each character imagines a different turning point. How they cope with what actually happens takes this engaging and memorable story to a fitting climax as it suggests an innovative direction for the new millennium.

Going By Sea – Poems and Thoughts for Today’s World

Inspired by his love of sailing, the poems and reflections in Going By Sea: Poems and Thoughts for Today’s World arise from various maritime events Piero Rivolta experienced during his voyages in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean. Whether he is watching an approaching storm, enjoying a colorful coastline or swaying peacefully at anchor, Rivolta’s contemplation of his surroundings gives rise to musings and questions about life, existence and mortality. Heartfelt and romantic, they touch our deepest longings and hopes in times of uncertainty and change.


The Castaway

Written as a sequel to Sunset in Sarasota, Piero Rivolta’s acclaimed 2007 novel , The Castaway tells the story of a man found adrift on a catamaran in the Gulf of Mexico, who is rescued and brought to a care facility in the Yucatan run by an unconventional Jesuit. The man seems to remember nothing of his past except his name. To speed his recovery, the priest engages him in searching conversations and introduces him to a captivating woman who  runs a school for children. As their three lives intertwine and their secrets come to light, they become entangled in a complex web of emotions.


Alex and the Color of the Wind

Alex and the Color of the Wind finds author Piero Rivolta pondering the universal themes of love, success, family, isolation and the search for grace. Emotional, thoughtful, and steeped in longing, the novel’s fable-like tone establishes the setting for this profound philosophical examination of life.


Nothing is Without Future

These lyric poems by Piero Rivolta tell the love story of a young man who is torn between two women. His “yesterday” liaison with an alluring brunette is a comfortable but melancholy relationship, bounded by time. The “today” he shares with a woman of malachite green eyes is a tormented affair that seems destined to remain inconclusive, yet holds the possibility of a durable “tomorrow.”


Sunset in Sarasota

The musings of a successful man who has come to a crossroads in his life. Haunted by lost love, he reflects on societal alienation and disillusion, and readies himself for a future that is just beyond the horizon.

Piero Rivolta’s love letter to Sarasota is suffused with a melancholic longing and a metaphoric reaching toward grace. Told in a prose gentle and quiet, this elegiac tale of love and loss grips the imagination and attention of the reader from first page to last.


An unprecedented look inside the world of exotic cars. At the core of this unparalleled tome is Iso, a well-known Ferrari and Maserati competitor in the 1960’s and 1970’s.