The wildest is on the old bridge. The streets are narrow and the fruit piles up so much that snow-removal equipment is used to clear the way.
You must be part of a team to participate in the battle; foreigners are usually accepted if they pay a fee (about $120). It’s worth negotiating beforehand how intense you want your involvement to be; those on the frontline can end up with gashes on their heads. It’s perfectly acceptable to stand behind the safety nets, especially if you have any cuts on your body (orange juice stings).
Feast on fagiolate
The delicacy of beans and cured pork is best washed down with red wine and is often available for free in certain parts of Ivrea during the carnival. Tastings start at around 9am on the first Sunday and can be found around town; try Bellavista in Viale Kennedy 1, San Giovanni in Piazza Boves and Torre Balfredo in Borghetto 2. Check listings in Ivrea for exact times and locations.