In this period - the second weekend of July - the area surrounding the sanctuary is literally bustling with excitement and laughter. The 'Madonna di San Marco' fair and market is one of the major events of the year around these parts, and people gather from near and far in order to have their 'swim of the pool', as we say here!
Let us put aside the frivolous activities for once, and focus on another important aspect of Bedonia – its role as the cultural and religious heart of the Taro Valley Apennine Mountains; for this is where the Episcopal Seminary of the Madonna di San Marco rises in all its glory.
Italy is not only about the food because where there's a party there's music - and that's when Italian tradition is at its best, getting everyone on their feet for a whirl around the dance floor. So will it be a waltz or a polka? A tango or a mazurka?
The area surrounding Bedonia and the Taro River Valley attracts nature lovers from near and far thanks to its renowned biodiversity; nest-site to 78 species of birds, deciduous and evergreen trees, wildflowers galore and creatures ranging from stag-beetles to cinghiali (wild boar) and everything in between. Book a hike in the woods, along the river or to a mountaintop with an expert local guide.
Spring is the beginning of Italy's rich festival season with every town hosting events featuring their fresh food, music and dancing. At the festas from Bedonia to Borgotaro to Albareto, visitors can take in the local flavor including gardening classes and wheelbarrow races.
The Taro Valley is a wonder of nature; we have mountains, pastures, lakes, woods, rivers and brooks and clean, healthy fresh air. Bedonia, the town in which Villa Tre Angeli is situated, is culled in a basin, protected on all sides from the harsh elements, we have a peaceful lifestyle, not too far away from the city - it seems the perfect place to be.