Ivrea, the Piedmont Carnival capitalComing over to Piedmont in February can be a great excuse to take part in the battle of the oranges in Ivrea, visiting the town and trying the local foods and wine.
|The Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea is the largest foodfight in Italy. Photo courtesy of Valerio Minato|
Ivrea is worth a visit all year long, it is located in a strategic position, about 1h driving from Turin and close to Valle D'Aosta; surrounded by many lakes, it also has a rich in history. In fact, it was founded on the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrims’ road that connected France to Rome, and it has been inhabited since the Neolithic era. Today, its inhabitants are knowns as eporediesi, which comes from Eporedia, the name of the Celtic fortified village that gave origin to Ivrea back in the 5th century BC.
|Ivrea from the river. Photo courtesy of Gazzetta dello sport|
|Sanctuary of Monte Stella|
|Torta 900. Photo courtesy of Pasticceria Balla|
|Polentina, photo courtesy of Elisa Huber|
|Tomini elettrici, photo courtesy of Caseificio Longo|
|the Ivrea area wines, photo courtesy of Cantina della Serra|
|the town of Carema with its terraced vineyards|