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Italy in Miniature

More than twenty years ago, Ivo Rambaldi, who, at that time, was owner of a thermos-sanitary plant company but also a well traveled history and art lover, visited a miniature park on one of his journeys abroad. On that day, Rambaldi was taken by the idea to create a park even more beautiful than any other park of this kind. He continued to think about the project, then set to work: he wrote, telephoned and visited companies all over Italy, in search of materials suitable for the construction of products which could remain exposed to water, sunlight, heat and cold without deteriorating. He studied the materials, documented the results, and carried out a variety of experiments. He rejected wood, which deteriorates, a plastic-metal combination, which in his view lacked "expression", until acquired experience led him to conclude that the best choice was foam resin. He began to work, reducing his hydraulics companies' activities and gradually extending the laboratory for the construction of the miniature monuments. Assisted by a team of fourteen technicians, two surveyors and four professors, he traveled more than twenty-seven thousand kilometers, personally measuring the monuments to be reproduced. He took more than six thousand photographs and requested drawings and maps from all of the universities in Italy. The first monument reproduced was that of S. Apollinaire in Classe, perhaps as a tribute to his hometown (Ivo Rambaldi was born and lived in Ravenna). In the meantime, he sought a suitable location for the park, his choice being Viserba, just off the main Adriatic road; easily reached from many resorts on the Adriatic Riviera.
      So it was that after three years of hard work and the investment of three hundred million Lire, on 4 July 1970, Italia in Miniature, the first park of its kind in Italy, opened its doors to the public. The display area measured a total of 20,000 square meters, with 50 miniatures. Since then the park has never stopped growing, and today, the tourist is presented with a truly extraordinary spectacle. Over an area of 85,000 square meters, upon which the profile of the Italian peninsula is carved - obviously scaled down - stand more than 270 perfect miniatures, all on a scale from 1:25 to 1:50, surrounded by flowers, grass and bonsai trees, and equipped with moving miniature trains, motorways, cable cars, ships, ports and airports. In addition, "across the border" lies a miniature Europe, with games and exclusive attractions; many created from original plans drawn up by the park's organizers. In fact, Italia in Miniature has a large workshop under Mont. Blanc (the artificial one) and a laboratory in Rimini (the real one), where highly qualified specialists work together with architects and engineers to create almost any "devilry".
      We only have to mention the "Arcobaleno" monorail, inaugurated on 18 July 1987; "Venice", with the Grand Canal and Saint Mark's Square faithfully Reproduced at one fifth of the actual size (1992); the "Canoe" water ride (1991); "Pinocchio", a journey into one of the most famous Italian fairy-tales (1993). Today, with almost 600,000 visitors per year, Italia in Miniature is one of the Most important tourist attractions in Italy. Thanks to its originality and the Perfection of the miniatures displayed, it often captures the attention of the Italian and international cinema and television. The opening or closing sequences of important broadcasts and scenes for all kinds of films have been filmed there. But Italia in Miniature doesn't end here. It is a "factory for ideas" in continual ferment: come back and you'll believe it.

The "figures":
Italia in Miniature
Total display area: 85.000 m2
Number of miniatures on display: 272
Scale of reproductions: from 1:25 to 1:50
Length of cable used for electrical system: 90
Water used to fill canals: 2500 m3
Production periods and/or number of members in the teams which created some of the more important reproductions:
Saint Peter's Basilica (Rome): 6 months; 6 people
Coliseum (Rome): 4 months; 4 people
Piazza dei Miracoli (Pisa): 6 months; 4 people
Milan's Duomo: more than 6.000 working hours
"Arcobaleno" monorail:
Cost lire l.500.000.000
Drive: electric 12-4hp AC motors
Body work: aluminum
Capacity: 70 passengers
Number of carriages: 12
Train length: 30 m
Train weight 9.000 kg
Max. Speed: 12 km /h
Platform length: 730 m
Platform average height from ground: 6 m
Cost 6.500.000.000
Area covered by 'Venice" 6.600 m2
Scale of reproduction: 1:5
Height of Saint Mark's Bell Tower: 20 m
Number of palaces reproduced: 119
Production time: 9 years
"Canoe" water ride:
Cost l.500.000.000lire
Length: 500 m
Materials used: hot-galvanized steel (100 tons), wood, flameproof fibreglass 6.000kg).
For the supporting structure: 120 m3 reinforced concrete.
Capri in Miniature

Available in Capri in Miniature Art, history and customs the little Capri, which is artistically represented by Sergio Rubino, reveals the salient moments of its history and its greatest natural beauties, taking us on a fascinating journey through the past. The large size of the work, 18 x 9m (46 x 23 ft), which is made of pottery and limestone, entirely sculpted and worked by hand and finished off with dwarf vegetation, provides a unique opportunity to admire the island in all of its enchanting beauty. The showcases: 1 - 2 Representations of historical scenes of local life and folk traditions.

Capri In Miniature
Via G. Orlandi
105 80071 ANACAPRI
Phone: 39 81 8371169

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