|Article Title||Festival Name||Festival Type(s)||Description|
|Calcio Storico||Calcio Storico||Sport - Football, Sport - Bizarre, Bizarre||
Steeped in almost 500 years of tradition and described loosely as a mix between football and rugby - with a good dose of bare-knuckle boxing added to the mix - Calcio Storico is not a game for those who flinch at the sight of blood.
|Orange Battle at Carnevale di Ivrea||Carnevale di Ivrea||Bizarre, Carnival, Party.||
Unlike La Tomatina, the ammunition at Italy's Carnevale di Ivrea's orange battle doesn't get squished before it is hurled in the streets. It may, however, become smushed after colliding with the helmets that keep faces from leaking their own natural juices.
Article Title: Sampling Umbria Jazz
Festival Name: Umbria Jazz Festival
Festival Type(s): Music - Jazz
Article Title: Siena Palio
Festival Name: Siena Palio
Festival Type(s): Sport - Equestrian, Sport - Bizarre, Traditional
The Palio is the biggest event in a Sienese year. When the local contrada's (districts) take to the track with their finest horses and race for a coveted silk banner. When horses become Gods, passions are high and the square fills with the excitement of a race for glory.
Article Title: Luminara and Historical Regatta of Saint Ranieri
Festival Name: Luminara and Historical Regatta of Saint Ranieri
Festival Type(s): Sport - Water, Traditional, Historical
Article Title: Game of the Bridge
Festival Name: Game of the Bridge
Festival Type(s): Bizarre, Re-enactments, Historical
Rival teams from different quarters of Pisa fought for symbolic possession of a bridge over the Arno River. In those times, the games often degenerated into brutal and bloody man to man fighting.
Article Title: Battle of the Oranges
Festival Name: Battle of the Oranges - Ivrea Carnival
Festival Type(s): Carnival, Bizarre, Party
That fight for liberty is recreated with the Battles of the Oranges, which substitute stones. Italy exceeds its production quota of oranges as agreed within the EEC (the European Economic Community), so the excess needs to be destroyed (just to keep up the retail price). My co-citizens cooperate in the difficult path towards a unified Europe by helping to smash some oranges.
Article Title: Sagra di'Pinolo - The Pine Nut Festival
Festival Name: Sagra di'Pinolo - The Pine Nut Festival
Festival Type(s): Food, Food and Wine
The place was Chiesanuova, the time was mid-June, and the celebration was the Sagra di'Pinolo—the Pine Nut festival.