Along the route from Borgotaro to Bedonia lies a hidden paradise; the Oasis of Ghirardi. Once you leave the main road and take a brief drive you will reach the oasis, which covers over 900 acres of land on both the neighboring districts of Borgotaro and Albareto. Awarded the title of General Regional Reservation in 2010, the oasis attracts nature lovers from near and far thanks to its renowned biodiversity; a natural wonderland nest-site to 78 species of birds, including predatory species such as hawks, buzzards, falcons and several kinds of owls.
The various terrain, from woodlands to pastures, rocky walls and river basins as well as cultivated areas, make the area the perfect habitat for wild boars, squirrels, deer, foxes, wolves, skunks, weasels, bats and stag-beetles – to name just a few.
This magical oasis gives life to a flora which is amazingly rare to find all in the same place; oaks, alders, maple trees, forest fruits (frutti di bosco) of all kinds, wild apple trees, rowanberries, scot pines…..not to mention the miniature world of insects galore which live and breed in the midst of this little piece of heaven on earth.
A “must see” when you are in the area, the Oasis of Ghirardi is close to both Bedonia (where Villa Tre Angeli B&B is situated), and Borgotaro – a mere 6/7 km away. Not only is it very easy to reach, but it is possible to book excursions with expert local guides to take you on marvelous hikes pointing out the wildlife, flora, and fauna along the way. The hikes generally start off from the visiting center at Pradelle (between Borgotaro and Porcigatone, Santa Donna Pass) and can vary in length and difficulty for any ability.