ITALY – A COUNTRY OF REST AND ENTERTAINMENT
Italy is famous for its beautiful beaches, the gentle sun, clean and gentle sea, historical and architectural monuments, its inhabitants and national color. But besides all this, Italy is also the country of the most delightful and fascinating amusement parks. Known around the world, they attract crowds of tourists, and every year they come to Italian amusement parks more and more.
The first Italian amusement park Edenland was opened in 1964 in Naples. He, like the Fiabilandia amusement park opened in Rimini in 1965, worked like an ordinary Luna park with simple attractions and carousels. Entrepreneurs from Veneto who visited Disneyland in the mid-1970s and were impressed by what they saw there, created a similar American amusement park called Gardaland, located on the shores of Lake Garda.
Since then, the number of amusement parks in Italy has increased to one hundred and forty – having different directions, shapes and levels. Now there are parks for every taste and for every request – for lovers of adventure, animals, water, training or other all sorts of topics. These parks can be very small under the control of one family, or they can be huge with high throughput and corresponding to the level of an international amusement park. The largest parks in Italy are Gardaland, Rainbow MagicLand and Mirabilandia. Every year, up to ten million visitors come to Italian amusement parks, and a third of them travel to Gardaland.
Gardaland is considered the main tourist destination in the northern part of the country and one of the main tourist destinations in all of Italy. One of the fifteen best amusement parks in Europe, Gardaland was opened in 1975 by a businessman from Peschiera del Garda, Signor Furini. Taking not the number of attractions, but their originality, Gardaland soon grew to the scale of the largest park with attractions having a complex level of technical support. The park is divided into special sectors dedicated to each individual topic with dozens of attractions, both calm and quite extreme. Once in the right sector, you can find yourself in Atlantis, visit Hawaii, go to the Middle Ages or the Wild West, travel around Egypt and the East, fly into space. Gardaland annually offers its visitors new, technically sophisticated, and very exciting attractions. The most popular Gardaland rides are the Raptor, Blue Tornado, Adventure Sequoia, and others.
Mirabilandia is much younger than Gardaland. This park near Ravenna, was opened only in 1992 and was not particularly popular at the beginning of its existence. In 1996, Mirabilandia became the property of the new owner in the face of the Loffelhardt-Casoli group. The new owner did not stint on investments and soon received his dividends. The constant appearance of new attractions (among them the Katun and Divertical roller coasters – the longest and highest roller coasters in Europe, respectively) affected the constant increase in the number of visitors. Some rides can only be found here. The park is divided into 7 sectors dedicated to individual topics. Beauty is added by the lake, located in the center of the park and many trees. In addition to the main park, the Mirabilandia Beach water amusement park has been built nearby, which is very popular due to its flexible pricing policy (low admission and free admission on the second day).
Valmonton’s Magic Amusement Park, Rainbow MagicLand, is next to Rome. Opened in 2011, it is in no way inferior to other major Italian amusement parks. A feature of the park is its specialization on the theme of magic: fairies, wizards, mysterious castles, knights. In the magic park, everything, of course, is bewitched. The fact that some of the more than thirty attractions are powered by solar panels, which are impressive in size and similar to regular magical structures, makes the park truly mysterious. Like other parks, Rainbow MagicLand has theme sectors.
Alfa Park, the owner of Rainbow MagicLand, is the owner of another park in Molfetta called Mirajika. Opened in 2009, it has nineteen rides. Among them are the “Without Breath” roller coaster; forty-seven-meter tower, from which you can fly in free fall; Rolling Time Roller Coasters that spin; 4D cinema; an attraction in which you can become an actor or an acrobat, and together with other actors and acrobats take part in the play. In the near future, Mirajika intends to acquire its own water amusement park, for which 25,000 square meters have already been allocated.
An amusement park called “Italy in Miniature” is located in Viserbe, on the Adriatic coast. Signor Rambaldi, visiting European amusement parks, decided to open a completely new park near Rimini.