Ivrea Things to Do
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This is the historical Carnival of Ivrea, It's leght of 4 days.
In the first day (Saturday) there is only the hisorical march with the Mugnaia (Miller) and the Arancieri (Orange soldiers) at the end there is a fireworks show on the river Dora.
In the second day (Sunday) there is the Battles: There are 9 teams by foot, Pantere (Panthers), Scacchi (Chess), Asso di Picche (Ace of Spades), Morte (Death), Diavoli (Devils), Tuchini (Little crow), Arduini (Scorpions), Mercenari (Mercenaries) and Credendari in 9 places of the center of Ivrea; and others team by cart, if you want participate at the batlles with a teams you must registrer some days before; instead if you want watch only you must wear a red cap, so the Arancieri (Oranges Soldier) don't shoot you.
You'd be hard pressed to distinguish Pasticceria Balla from the thousands of other bars in Italy that specialise in sweet things. If it weren't for Torta 900 (Novecento), that is. Only found in Ivrea, and only at Balla, the Torta 900 is a symbol of Ivrea. One that noone who finds themselves in this part of the world should miss.
The 900 is an ultra-chocolatey confection dreamt up in the 19th century that is supposedly a cake, but actually more moussey in nature. Two thin cake slice sandwich the rich mousse, making a flat mud pie that is decorated with icing sugar. You can buy whole cakes to take away or stay and eat a slice in the shop. A slice was more than enough in one go even for this chocolate fanatic.
Pasticceria Balla itself is a cheerful spot and offers a good hot chocolate and the usual snacks in addition to the famous cake. An Ivrea institution.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Another one of my Ivrea tips lists the first place I stayed in Italy, and this was the first place I actually sampled the wonderful Italian cuisine. I could not have wished for a better introduction.
Actually, this is not, in the true sense, a restaurant, and was quite unlike anything I had ever seen. It is effectively a place to drink wine, with the option of eating some very fine food if you fancy it. the place is incredible. There are bottles of wine everywhere. The wine list is, frankly, mind-boggling. I have never seen such a selection in my life. My companion chose a local red which was absolutely gorgeous, although I regret I cannot remember what it was.
The place itself is beautiful and with a very relaxed atmosphere. Service is efficient but not overpowering. There is a very relaxed atmosphere here.
The menu apparently changes daily and, whilst not anywhere near as comprehensive as the wine list, it should be remembered that eating here is merely an accompaniment to drinking very good wine.
For my first Italian meal, I decided pasta might be in order and was not disappointed with a pasta dish with various cheeses. Don't ask me what the Italian name is, as my Italian now is minimal, and was even moreso then! what I can say, however, is that it was absolutely delightful.
The price quoted is for a meal for two with a very nice bottle of wine, coffee and water.
I believe that there is quite an extensive programme of jazz music here as well, although not on the night I visited.
Favorite Dish: I have only eaten here once, but the pasta dish as described above was extremely tasty.Related to:
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
Simple but creative food. Warm surrounding and ambience.
Favorite Dish: Difficult to say, everytime I go there I enjoy everything. Let say that they are excellent at preparing the Corregone (a local lakes's depp water fish). Their cellar isn't just bottles but taste and knowledge.
You can get to Ivrea by car, or by train. If you get to Ivrea by car, from Torino you must follow the Route A5 for Aosta until the exit IVREA; In the days of the Carnival you can Parking near the Railstation or in the Vodafone Park and after go by foot in the center.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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