The oldest fun fair in Italy, the Luneur, stands abandoned
The Luneur is the oldest fun fair in Italy but it was closed two years ago. It is now in a state of complete abandonment with no hope of it ever functioning again. Rome, Italy. 01/06/2010
The Luneur is the oldest fun fair in Italy but it was closed two years ago and it is now in a state of complete abandonment. Built in 1953, the park is 75 thousand square meters large and it is currently owned by Eur Spa (90% Ministry of Finance and 10% City of Rome).
In March 2007 - after several years of crisis - the park introduced for the first time an entrance ticket and new attractions. The decision was taken to discourage the entry of unwanted visitors. The initiative didn't get the expected results for two reasons: the attractions did not live up to visitors expectations and conflicts between fun fair workers led to a split between those who agreed with entrance ticket and those who didn't agree with it.
Dismantling of attraction peak - the "Looping Star" - and the interruption of circus shows - because of a law to protect exotic animal applied by the Municipality of Rome - has further downsized the park making it unattractive for the public.
In April of 2008, the park closed its doors. Now it is still waiting for the start of the renovation work which seems increasingly unlikely.
On the 20th May about a hundred former park workers gathered in front of Eur Spa headquarters to protest and ask for the help of Municipality of Rome and Lazio Region Governor.