A spectacular 'Battle of the Oranges' citrus clash in Italy

Members of rival teams fight with oranges during an annual carnival battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea on Feb 15, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of rival teams fight with oranges during an annual carnival battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea on Feb 15, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Ivrea, Italy is taking a food fight to another level. And watch out not to wear white in what has become a celebration of Carnival.

Hundreds are turning out donning mediaeval outfits to re-enact the historic "Battle of the Oranges".

Getting past the pain of being pelted by oranges takes more than just physical stamina -- it's all mental, says Matteo Bortolozzo.

"What it takes, even if the others might disagree, is will-power, especially with this weather, you need a lot of it."

The legend goes that in the 12th century, the daughter of a local miller stood up to the town's crooked lord. She cut off his head, and set the town free.

Revelers split into commoners and noblemen have at it -- and the oranges represent the tyrant's head.

Some 500 tones of oranges are shipped from Sicily just for the event. That's quite a few heads.