Thinking of heading to Italy? Somewhere in the beautiful Dolomites, perhaps? Then you might want to consider heading on over to Ai Pioppi, a restaurant that features more than authentic polenta and risotto.
Because in the backyard of this restaurant is where one of the most terrifying yet cool amusement parts we’ve ever seen lives. The best part? It’s run entirely on man-made kinetic energy.
That’s right, if you want to make these rides move, you’re going to have to work for it.
It all started when the restaurant owner, Bruno, developed a love for welding. Forty years later, and the entire thing is a lavish display of metal and bolts, with rides like the Bicycle of Death seen above, a tumbling, swinging bridge and a merry-go-round (among others), it’s a pretty neat sight for travel-weary eyes.
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While the restaurant’s official site features a photo gallery of the rides that have been built to date, thrill-seeker Tom Scott decided to capture exactly what it would be like to wheeze your way through a full revolution on the Bicycle of Death. We have to say, it’s pretty fantastic.
Check it out for yourself above.