At this time of the year in the small town of Ivrea, Italy thousands of people gather for the Battle of the Oranges each year! This tradition dates back to the 1930’s. It is believed that the oranges represent the head of an evil 12th century leader of Ivrea. This gigantic food fight looks like a fun way to spend a weekend and is exactly the type of fruit filled experience we love.
HOW TO GET THERE
You can fly into Turin which is just a 1 hour drive or 2 hours by train to Ivrea or take a flight to the bustling city of Milan which is an hour and a half away from the town.
THINGS TO DO IN IVREA
Visit one of the nearby lakes of Lago Sirio or Lago di Viverone for a breath of fresh air. There is a beautiful walk around the lake and in summertime you can enjoy sunbathing and swimming from the edges.
Admire the impressive frescoes in the Church of San Bernardino. THe convent dates back to 1456.
Take a stroll around the Centro Storico with it’s cobbled streets and historic buildings. Don’t forget to pick up some gelato along the way.
If you have been to Ivrea or taken part in the Battle of the Oranges we would love to hear all about your experience.