The amusement park is called Ai Pioppi and it offers over 40 attractions, hand-made by a man called Bruno. If that's not interesting enough, let us tell you all the fun machinery - including a roller coaster, a slide, swinging rides and spinning rides - runs on kinetic energy!


The single-handedly built park is located in Nervesa della Battaglia, in Italy. "Signor Bruno" began building the "Ai Pioppi" in 1969, along with the restaurant. It is remarkable in more ways than one - besides being someone's hobby product, it also requires no electricity. Every single contraption is powered by human strength - you have to either push or pedal everything yourself and then simply let the laws of physics do their magic.

There is, for example, a metal cage between the trees, called the Bicycle of Death - if you want to make the 360-degree loop, you have to pedal really hard. Check the video below to see a tourist, a traveler called Tom Scott, who gave it a go and filmed the experience!

There is also an 11-minute documentary (video below) about Mr Bruno and his remarkable hobby. It was written by Luiz Romero and released by Fabrica. In the video, Mr Bruno explains: "A branch falls, a leaf floats down, a bird flies by, a stone rolls. And I say to myself, 'Maybe I can use this movement.' That's how my ideas are born." 

AI PIOPPI from Fabrica on Vimeo.

The amusement park is actually private property and admission is free for all the guests of the restaurant. Forget the internet (unless you wish to check Ai Pioppi's Facebook profile), forget your cell phone - just get in there and have some real, outdoor fun!

July 9, 2016 Living photo: Oriol Ferrer Mesià

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