The carnival of Ivrea is one of Italy's most spectacular thanks to one enterprising ingredient - the Battle of the Oranges. Three days of build up and offically sanctioned and tighly organized violence when the squares and piazze are turned into battle grounds between 9 competing teams and 3000 people.
The origin of the madness goes back to a legendary people's revolt against Count Ranieri of Biandrate and is based on liberty and freedom of expression. It really is a genuine experience and something I had always wanted to participate in since we began Delicious Italy. The invite came in 2014 and was 4 days, not only braving the oranges, but seeing all the preparations behind the scenes, from the preparation of the horses pulling the carts to the tradtional food and wider festivities. Read my full report of the Historical Carnival of Ivrea here.