The Human-Powered, Giant Theme Park Playground: Ai Pioppi

The Human-Powered, Giant Theme Park Playground: Ai Pioppi

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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.

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.

So on Easter weekend, when it was quiet, Paul (@cr3) and I took a road trip to try it. And it’s real. It’s very, very real. Watch as we try and take a somersault on the Bicycle of Death.

And if you don’t take the right amount of caution, it can hurt you — although my eventual injury didn’t come through any rides, but just by tripping over by running!

AI PIOPPI: http://www.aipioppi.com/
Opening hours vary, closed most weekdays and all winter, check before travelling
Via VIII Armata, 76, Nervesa della Battaglia TV, Italy

Thank you so much to everyone at Ai Pioppi: I’m sorry for bleeding on your ride, and for pronouncing your restaurant’s name terribly. Thanks to Paul, who drove me to the hospital; thanks to the doctors and nurses at Treviso Hospital, too. And Europeans: remember to take an EHIC card on holiday around Europe, so your healthcare travels with you. I didn’t have to pay a penny or deal with travel insurance!

And more than that: if you do go, and I recommend you do if you’re ever anywhere near it: TAKE CARE. Even when you’re on an adrenaline high and you think you’re invincible. I wasn’t. You won’t be either. Hospital visits in a foreign language aren’t fun!

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20 Responses

  1. Larry Bundy Jr says:

    Think on the bright side, You can get a job as an extra on Game of Thrones
    with a scar like that now!!! :D

  2. onlyAerik says:

    I’d like to see teams of professional cyclists compete for numbers of
    consecutive revolutions and time.

  3. Marie Alexander says:

    That looks like that could end up being the coolest scar.

  4. Zarcon says:

    This place looks like something from Jigsaws childhood sketch book.

  5. Chriss Evans says:

    Looks like metal cage of death trap.

  6. mandydax says:

    Flawless healing or sexy scar? Only time will tell. 🙂 That place looks
    amazing.

  7. Guard13007 says:

    Ouch! Although I have to admit, I found it quite funny.

  8. Mcgoo4444 says:

    Oh this guy…..

  9. Benjot Sumal says:

    If he were American he probably would have sued them even though it was his
    fault for that injury.

  10. sunshineo23 says:

    The phone was warning you!

  11. Manny Perez says:

    LMAO I’m sorry about your face mate

  12. Ismael Melendez says:

    OH MY GOSH

  13. Annony Mous says:

    Clearly not safe if you can hurt yourself like that even if your to blame

  14. Mank Demes says:

    

  15. Aaron McCleod says:

    I would love to go there!

  16. Arkhanno says:

    Damn, Tom, be careful out there! Where else will I go for amazing British
    humour and various facts about things/places I didn’t know existed?

  17. Anya Thurmes says:

    Your screaming as you went upside-down was hilarious and slightly adorable.
    I hope you heal up soon!

  18. Naytone says:

    This looks like something out of Saw! XD

  19. Stephen Furr says:

    Tom, great video! That looks painful. Glad you’re going to be okay.

    I love your work: found you from Numberphile (or was it Computerphile)
    about a year ago. Now I’m addicted. Keep up the good work!

  20. givememore4free says:

    Million dollar question is are you still hot??