04/11/2013 01:33 pm ET | Updated Jun 11, 2013

Leonardo da Vinci Ride Coming to Coney Island Amusement Park This Summer

The last decade has been a veritable roller-coaster ride for the Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, whose ever-popular name and work have landed him on countless oddball spin-off products and projects, from the ubiquitous Dan Brown novel to the new Starz action series "Da Vinci's Demons." Now, the latest Leonardo-branded whatsit is an actual roller coaster.


Photo via Minitalia Leolandia/Facebook

Zamperla, the Italian theme park ride company that bought the amusement park at Coney Island in New York City a couple of years ago is participating in the year-long Italy in USA 2013 cultural exchange program, and among its contributions will be "Bici Da Vinci" (pictured), a ride in which visitors ride magical flying bicycles fashioned after da Vinci's designs. The so-called "Magic Bikes" will be the same models that are featured at Zamperla's Minitalia Leolandia theme park near Milan.

The ride will be one of the features of Italy in USA 2013's June 28 program, "Coney Island Meets Venice," Amusing the Zillions reports. "The Magic Bike Ride by Zamperla reproduces the design and the operating method of the Leonardo Da Vinci's project depicting a great flying machine," the event's webpage explains, "the so-called 'Grande Nibbio,' described in Lonardo's book on the Flight of Birds."

-Benjamin Sutton, BLOUIN ARTINFO

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