When & Where The Ivrea Carnival usually takes place in February. If you are around there is the Orange throwers party in the town square the night before which is great fun.
The Orange Throwing Festival in Ivrea is 3 days leading up to Fat/pancake Tuesday every year, the Ivrea Carnaval occurs in the Piedmont district of Turin. A small town in the north-west of Italy.
. The best Orange battle is on March 6th at 2pm and if you are around there is the Orangethrowers party in the town square the night before which is great fun.
History Something about an emperor in the 12th century, but the tradition of oranges in Ivrea emerged last century. Women were responsible for this new age take on an ancient festival. To get the attention of an appropriate suitor they found that it was easier to get noticed when you throw oranges.
Where to stay There are great Hotels in the Piedmont district and in especially in Ivrea available here
Getting to the Orange-Throwing-Festival-Italy Book a flight into Aeroporto Internazionale Sandro Pertini in Turin Caselle available here.
Ivrea by rail is on the Turin Aosta line. From the Turin Dora or Turin Porta Susa stations you can get to Ivrea in an hour Italian rail tickets available here.
Anyone can throw an orange... However you must join a team. As with so many Italian festival, local competition propels the extravagant unnecessary celebrations. If you only want to look but not throw, then you can get a red hat there which declares neutrality and guarantees you no orange hits. There are 9 local orange throwing teams to choose from.