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On June 15, 1969 in Battaglia, Italy a man named Bruno bought a few jugs of wine, some sausages and a few other items and set up a tiny food stand underneath a tree to see if anyone would show up. By the end of the day he had sold almost everything and the family restaurant, Ai Pioppi, was born. The next month he had a chance encounter with a blacksmith who didn’t have time to make a few hooks for some chains. Bruno decided he would learn to weld himself and enjoyed it so much he began to dream up small rides he could build to entice new customers to Ai Pioppi. It turned out to be brilliantly successful.

Now forty years later, the forest around the restaurant is packed with swings, multi-story slides, seesaws, gyroscopes, tilt-a-whirls, and bizarre kinetic roller-coasters for adults and children.

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Bruno built all kinds of rides for his customers.

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There are swings, multi-story slides, seesaws, gyroscopes, tilt-a-whirls and kinetic roller coasters.

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He spent 40 years building these rides.

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And no one taught him how to do it.

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They’re hidden in an Italian forest.

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It started off as an attraction so that people would eat at his restaurant.

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But now they come for so much more!

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[vimeo http://vimeo.com/76694540]

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