Down in Italy, a man has single-handedly created his own version of DisneyLand. His very own amusement park.
About 47 years ago, an Italian man by the name of Bruno established his very own family restaurant – Ai Pioppi. The vision for his restaurant came into fruition when he bought a jar of red and white wine, some sausages, along with some other items and by the end of the day – all of the food was gone.
Within a month, Bruno needed some hooks to fix a chair, so he visited a local blacksmith who encouraged him to learn the trade for himself. After that, Bruno gained a genuine love and fascination for handcrafting items by himself. As a result – he built his very own amusement park nearby his family restaurant.
The purpose of the amusement park was to encourage patrons to visit Ai Pioppi. The park is in the middle of the woods and consists of a queer mixture of handmade swings, slides, seesaws, roller coasters and even a Ferris wheel. Each amusement ride requires that customers use their physical strength, in order to get the rides to move. There are approximately 40-50 rides. He builds each ride in the comfort on his own workshop, that is also nearby. He said in the official Ai Pioppi documentary:
“I look at movements in nature: a branch that is moving, a bird that is flying and then I get an idea”.
The scent of freshly cooked food combined with the laughter of both children and adults makes Ai Pioppi the perfect family destination. The amusement park gives quite a different perspective on the essence of having fun. Its precept completely contradicts with schools of modern thought. This little park in Northern Italy is a reminder to the world out there that it’s completely normal and still “in style” to have fun without the use of high powered rides and eccentric lights. Just look at the children play.
The amusement park has become a popular tourist attraction over the years. It is free of charge and anyone is welcome to visit. It has a seating capacity of 500.
Ai Pioppi is located in Treviso, Veneto.
Watch Bruno’s eleven-minute documentary by Fabrica below, in which he details the birth of Ai Pioppi, gives his philosophy on life and provides an inside look into the construction of the amusement park.