San Benedetto del Tronto is a beautiful city in the province of Ascoli Piceno, Marche, in Italy. It is located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea and is an active fishing port as well as one of the main seaside resorts in the area.
The city takes its name from a Roman soldier and he must have been quite a character to have his name immortalised in such a way. The legend says that Benedetto died because he didn’t want to recant his faith. He was killed and his body was dumped into the water. Some kind and good-hearted peasant fished out the poor fella and buried him where the city is now situated.
I spent only few hours in San Benedetto but it was enough for me to fall in love with it. And when you look at the photos I took, you will not be surprised why.
The south pier is simply amazing. It is like an art museum with various sculptures displayed along the way.
Each rock has a different shape.
If you get thirsty you can take a sip from one of the nipples of the water lady.
There are four statues of people looking out to sea. Perhaps they are waiting for some family members to come back from overseas.
There is a monument dedicated to Seagull Jonathan Livingston, the central character of Richard Bach’s book. This impressive work of art is a symbol of the people of the city. In the past San Benedetto del Tronto was inhabited mainly by sailors. And it is their hard work and constant effort to overcome various obstacles and life difficulties that transformed the fishing village into a prosperous and expanding city of the present time.
Everywhere you look there are palm trees. I was told there were about 7000 of them. No wonder the beautiful beach in the city is called Riviera delle Palme.
The port is full of sailing vessels that float lazily on blue waves.
Here the sky and the sea merge into one to create an incredible image.
The city is proud of its fishing history. There is a museum dedicated to the hard and arduous work of fishermen of the past.
San Benedetto del Tronto is an ideal place for shopaholics. There are lots of lovely boutiques and shops that offer a wide range of merchandise. But if you spent all your money on delicious Italian food and coffee, you can always do some window shopping.
San Benedetto del Tronto is beautiful by day and by night!