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Discovering the Carnival: The Battle of the Oranges

The Battle of the Oranges is the most spectacular part of the historical Carnival of Ivrea, and a fantastic representation of the town’s rebellion against the tyrant. The Battle of the Oranges is fought for three days, from Sunday to Shrove Tuesday. It is played between the nine teams on foot, who represent the people who revolted, and the ‘Aranceri’ (orange-throwers) on horse drawn carriages, who play the role of the feudal armies. Often criticized, rightly so, due to […]

Discovering the Carnival: The Vezzosa Mugnaia

Official presentation: Saturday 2nd March 2019, 9pm, Piazza di Città
Emblem of freedom, the Mugnaia is the most important figure of the Historical Carnival of Ivrea. Daughter of a miller and Toniotto’s new wife, she started the popular uprising by killing the disliked lord of the city, who not only oppressed the inhabitants of Eporedia, but also required to spend the first night of marriage with the brides, according to the practice of ius primae noctis. Violetta, this is the […]