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LunEur (complete name Luna Park Permanente di Roma) was the largest amusement park in Rome and the oldest in Italy, dating back to 1953. It took its name from the Eur district in Rome where it is located. On April 20, 2008, the park closed. L'EUR SpA has stated that the decision to close the park was made by the prefetto in order to guarantee the safety of the area.[1]

LunEur was actually the second Luna Park for the city, succeeding the Frederick Ingersoll-built park that closed in the 1930s.




The beginning

Initially, the rides were set up for the Agricultural Fair of 1953. Due to its unexpected popularity, however, a decision was made to keep the park open for a period of time every year. In 1960, the 17th Olympic Games were held in Rome, which prompted the decision to extend the park’s season so it was open year round. Five years later, a referendum was held, which led to the amusement park receiving its current name. LunEur stayed open year round from 1960 to 1965.  

The lean years and renovations

Although the park maintained its popularity in the years immediately after the Olympics, it went through lean times in the early to mid 2000s.

The park’s sudden closure

In April 2008, one year after the renovations, the park was forced once again to close its doors because of lawsuits brought against it by Slc-Cgil  . On the morning of April 14, 2008 the entire area was closed off.

Possible reopening in 2009

On October 10, 2008, Mauro Miccio, managing director of Eur spa, which owns the grounds the park is located on, announced that this historic amusement park might reopen at the beginning of 2009.[2] In order to do so, EUR 16 million was allocated, with 1 million earmarked for modernizing electrical equipment and sanitation facilities and taking care of the park’s plants. The remaining 15 million was to be earmarked for new rides and removing the multitude of obsolete rides. Currently, no further information on the reopening of the park is available.


Space Container, Jungle River, Pasaje del Terror, Tappeto Elastico, American Circus, Labirinto di Cristallo, Dinosauri, Ruota Panoramica, Gincana, Palla Matta, Seggiolini volanti, Venturer, Nave Pirata, Kosmodromo, Giostre, Rettilario, Nessie, Lideur Boats, Trenino el Paso, Super Truck, Rotoshake, Magica casa, Las Vegas, Creazy Dance, Simulation Theatre, Casa Svizzera, Gonfiabili, Tokaido, Jumbo, Horror House, Tagadà, Tea Cup, Flipper, Miniscooter, and Splash Bowl.

Roller Coasters

All of LunEur's roller coasters have been steel-framed, sit-down roller coasters[3].

Ride Manufacturer Dates in use Description
Himalaya Pinfari ?1968-2001
Thriller Pinfari ?-2001
Looping Star Schwarzkopf 2002-2007 Currently operates under the name Shockwave in Ireland.
Bruco Mela Pinfari April 2008
Nessie April 2008 ?
Tokaido Pinfari ?-April 2008 Pinfari
Treno Delle Miniere Pinfari April 2008


The nearest metro stations are EUR Magliana, EUR Palasport and EUR Fermi of Line B. Busses 706, 707, 717, 765 and 771 also go the park.


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