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Ivrea (Carnevale)

Description from pilotguides.com:

The festival dates back to the legendary twelve century people's revolt against Count Ranieri of Biandrate. This notorious scoundrel had the unsavoury habit of dragging young brides-to-be away to his bedchamber and deflowering them just before their wedding day, claiming he had 'jus prime noctis' over all the virgins in the town. A miller's daughter, Violetta, retaliated against the tyrant's advances, beheaded him and showed his head to the people of the town. This roused them into action and a violent insurrection against Ranieri's guards took place. This celebration of freedom has taken place every year since with the stones replaced with locally produced oranges.

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