Last weekend I did something different for a change to celebrate carnival: instead of dressing up and glittering my face I found my self among the Battle of the Oranges, manifestation typical of Ivrea.

Ivrea Carnival

For three days running this village in Piedmont is full of tourists but not only that come to see this contest.
Oranges are used like weapons by people dressed up with armours on carts trained by horses.

Today the contest is still enacted in the main squares of the town where teams in carriages (symbolising the tyrant’s guards) battle against the orange thrower teams on foot.

During the carnival regional specialities are served in the streets – particularly fagioli grassi (fat beans) and salamella (kind of salami) accompanied by vin brulé (hot red and spicy wine).

While I was staying with some friends of mine I managed to get some information about what you can do nearby.

Lago Cascinette Italy Piedmont

Some years ago I had been in a certain forest that was said to be “dancing”. This “soft” forest rises upon a terrain that once was a lake basin. The roots have become a sort f elastic net hanging in space, and this makes anyone that comes along here dance. I found out that it is Lake Coniglio that no longer exists. This “wobbly terrain” is magic and I hope to come back soon!

Ivrea is surrounded by snowy mountain tops. My friend told me to come back in the summer to see long moronic hill named “Serra”; covered by forests and lakes. The Serra has 5 major lakes: San Michele, Sirio, Pistono, Nero and Cascinette.

Every year since 1977 a famous running competition is organised along the route (24km) that connects these lakes together “Corsa Podistica dei 5 laghi”. The race takes place in September and is promoted by AVIS.

Even if Ivrea boasts a rural tradition it has a post-industrial aspect. In fact in the past the firm Olivetti was here, famous Italian manufacturer of computers, printers and other business machines.

This company has left a significant sign on the territory: an architecture of quality signed by Luigi Figini e Gino Pollini that even the most distracted of tourists notices.

Ivrea is certainly worth a visit for no matter what reason, if it’s for its tradition, the architecture or for the wine,