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Discover the Restaurant in Italy That is Also a Human-Powered Theme Park

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 07, 2015

Discover the Restaurant in Italy That is Also a Human-Powered Theme Park

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If you are bumping around the Dolomites in Italy, consider stopping by a restaurant that lets you work off dinner with a theme park that is entirely human-powered.

Just go easy on the pasta or the rides get significantly slower.

Tom Scott’s latest video highlights a bunch of rides borne of one man’s budding love of welding.

Taken in a special place an hour north of Italy, Scott and his compatriot attempt to ride the ominously named Bicycle of Death around in a giant loop.

The two get it to work, which is actually satisfying even on this side of the video, and we learn of a new destination we had no clue actually existed.

Scott explained on YouTube: “In the foothills of the Dolomites, an hour or so north of Venice, lies Ai Pioppi, a restaurant that's home to an astonishing, giant, human-powered, kinetic-art theme park playground. It was designed and made by a man called Bruno over forty years, and it's free for folks who eat at the restaurant.”

The reporter continued: “I'll be honest: I sort of thought it was a myth. The idea of unattended, huge kinetic ride-on sculptures was surely false? There was some evidence: a very artfully-shot documentary, and some shaky tourist footage, but I couldn't quite believe that something this potentially dangerous could still exist.”

And the danger, as Scott discovered, is very real. Though he does note that as long as you are cautious and not so brazen with boastful bravado you will make it out sans stitches.

Be respectful and cautious, and you will have one heck of a time — at least that’s the lesson we glean from this video.

The restaurant’s website has more information, including menus and links to videos that have featured the truly unique locale.

Back in 2013, Business Insider covered a documentary that shared the wealth of metallic wonderment lurking at this dining destination.

This longer plunge into Ai Pioppi gives a deeper look at the man behind the rides:

AI PIOPPI from Fabrica on Vimeo.

Bruno, turned away by a friendly blacksmith, took up welding to make a few of his toys. That tinkering turned into a 40-year obsession that has delighted so many who have come to the restaurant.

Now you can fill the belly and the memories with a trip to a special place hidden among the trees. We imagine you can find it by following the laughter. 

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