And what better place to have a party in August than a wide, rambling plain within reach of the clouds, or of the moon and the stars after dusk? Pian del Monte - literally " mountain plain" - saw the 43rd edition of the "Festa in Amicizia" this year, one of the most popular events of the Taro Valley summer.
We are not joking here - for two nights in a row, peaceful, relaxing, slow-moving Bedonia turned literally wild - and PINK!!!! If you had happened on our little town on the 12th or 13th of August, you would have found it difficult to believe you were in Bedonia, because this little corner of the earth became a whirlwind of events - it was definitely THE place to be!
On a balmy sunday evening of August, a brilliant full moon lit up the starry night sky, while 60 young ladies took to the catwalk for a very special occasion. For the second year running, the vintage wedding dress show was taking place, and this time around, the dresses displayed had been worn at weddings in the 70's and late 60's.
When you have finished admiring the magnificence of the Basilica of the "Madonna di San Marco", when the fair is over and all the screams and laughter have given way to the usual peaceful atmosphere which reigns over this little corner of the world - what next? Plenty, much more than you think.
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.