‘Battle of the Oranges’ commemorates Middle Ages revolt

‘Battle of the Oranges’ commemorates Middle Ages revolt

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Hundreds of people took part in the traditional Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea northern Italy. The fruit fight is the main event of the town’s annual carnival festivities and lasts three days. The origins of the battle are believed to date back to the overthrow of a tyrannical baron in the Middle Ages. Tonnes of oranges are thrown between people on foot and others in horse-drawn carriages. The teams of “aranceri” represent either the “commoners” or the “Duke’s allies” during the battles.