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Monday, December 29, 2014

Man Spends 40 Years Building amusement park in the Italian forest

Bruno is not only an Italian restaurant owner. He is a creator of fun. On June 15th, 1969 he grabbed a couple of bottles of wine, some sausage and set up a grill on the street underneath some trees, and that was the start of his restaurant business. He learned to weld around the same time and found that he had a growing passion for it. So he decided to open an amusement park to help promote Ai Pioppi, the restaurant he runs with his family. He has now spent 40 years building this entire amusement park BY HAND. Bruno has been building swings, slides, seesaws, gyros and roller-coasters. The handmade amusement park is located near the Northern Italian city of Treviso. The park’s has a very distinct other-worldly feel that has drawn plenty of visitors, becoming quite a tourist attraction.

This giant iron slide is the first of many rides that Bruno completed 40 years ago. That smile on this guy’s face pretty much says it all.
All the trees add to the ambiance and magic people have said they feel when visiting the park.
This ride is a lot like “The Zipper” you would see at a carnival or state fair.
People waiting for the roller coaster to return from the canopy of trees. 
Rope swings are always a good time for everyone
A hand crank powers this swing. 
No amusement park is complete without a merry go round
Have you ever seen a hand made trampoline? Because this is a first for me. 
This ride has a Tilt-A-Whirl type of feeling.
Even though Bruno is getting older, he still has an unbelievable drive to create.
He thinks his rides are beautiful. And I think he is right. 
Bruno explains his creative process: “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.” He sounds like a pretty amazing man full of some very creative ideas. You’d have to be to tackle a handmade amusement park.

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