Fun can be had hurling oranges, sipping sherry, hunting truffles or bathing in the glow of illuminated art installations from the Shetland Islands to Italy, say our tipsters

The battle of the oranges is held annually in February in the pretty Piedmont town of Ivrea as part of the town’s annual carnival. Nine teams over the course of three days hurl 500,000 pounds of oranges (from Sicily; they aren’t grown in these parts) in their attempt to kill the tyrannical marquis, who apparently was decapitated by the local miller’s daughter; the story dates from the middle ages. As a spectator you won’t be involved in the crossfire, but there is an incredible amount of oranges to contend with on the ground. It’s one of the largest food fights in Italy, and culminates with the funeral of the marquis. There is a huge variety of street food available at reasonable prices. It’s a fun, feel-good festival that will leave you smelling of citrus for days. It’s always held on Sunday to Ash Wednesday – so 23-26 February in 2020.
Martin Colegate

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