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Zoosafari Fasanolandia

Fasano, Puglia, Italy

Zoosafari is a mix of animal safari and theme park on the Southern Italian coast near the heel of Italy.

Opened1973
SeasonMarch to October
Websitewww.zoosafari.it
Nearby Miragica (59 miles)
Liberty City Fun (194 miles)
Rainbow MagicLand (273 miles)
Cinecittà World (309 miles)
Etnaland (332 miles)
View from Ruota Panoramica, the park's ferris wheel

View from Ruota Panoramica, the park's ferris wheel

Zoosafari's big attraction is its expansive safari which visitors can drive around in their own cars. However, there is also a sizeable amusement park to explore as well.

The park is set on a hillside, meaning there is quite a bit of climbing steps involved in navigating between the various levels.

A climb to the top is well worth it though to take a ride on the park's Eurofighter rollercoaster, imaginatively named Eurofighter (or "Eurofigther" as an unfortunate mistake on the ride sign has it). Although it is a fairly standard Eurofighter layout, it still feels quite special. You certainly can't fault the views from the top of the vertical lift.

One of the museum's more risqué exhibits

One of the museum's more risqué exhibits

Less welcome is Mirage Rosso, an inverted coaster from Fabbri. There are only two other rollercoasters of this model anywhere in the world - one in China and one in Kazakhstan. It's not surprising that it hasn't been a best seller. If you think Vekoma SLCs are bad, you'll think again after riding this. It beats you up every opportunity it gets, and then smacks you in the head a few more times just because it can.

Thankfully, much more pleasant is Zoosafari's classic Zyklon Galaxi, known as Montagne Russe. Now over thirty years old, it still gives a good ride and feels like an old steel rollercoaster should.

Several theme parks in Italy seem obsessed by model dinosaurs and Zoosafari is no exception, although its display can be seen alongside the rather quirky and out-of-place museum of various old fashioned arts, crafts, machinery and, well, junk. It's not bad, it's just all a bit odd. Amongst farming machinery and an old cash register, there is even a display of chastity belts. You don't see those at many theme parks, or indeed in many museums!

Attractions

Mirage Rosso

Mirage Rosso

Unrideably rough inverted coaster from Fabbri

Eurofighter

Eurofighter

Great example of a Eurofighter rollercoaster

Montagne Russe

Montagne Russe

Classic Zyklon Galaxi coaster

Rapid River

Rapid River

Compact whitewater rapids ride

Sputnik

Sputnik

Tower ride

Castello Fantasma

Castello Fantasma

Dark ride

Bruco Miniottovolante

Bruco Miniottovolante

Kiddie coaster

Monstra di Arti e Mestieri Antichi

Monstra di Arti e Mestieri Antichi

Museum of old fashioned arts and crafts (and other junk)

Monstra dei Dinosauri

Monstra dei Dinosauri

Dinosaur exhibition