San Benedetto del Tronto
Known as the capital of the so-called “Riviera delle Palme”, San Benedetto del Tronto is a seaside resort in the Marche region – located in the province of Ascoli Piceno – frequented every summer by thousands of tourists. It is famous for its promenade full of sculptures, gardens and works of art, and the many activities that can be done in the open air. Famous since 1800, it is characterized by the numerous Art Nouveau villas and palm trees that line the seafront. These are about 8 thousand, and several species have been planted. Not only that: the sea of San Benedetto del Tronto has been awarded the Blue Flag. This makes the town one of the most popular destinations for tourists eager to discover the wonders of Italy.
San Benedetto Del Tronto: what to see
But why is the sea of San Benedetto del Tronto so famous in Italy? It is very simple: it consists of a white sandy beach about nine kilometers long, which gently enters the sea. And this is precisely the thing that tourists appreciate most, once they arrive: being able to walk along the clean and well-kept promenade and enjoy the many works of art scattered around the city. The promenade of San Benedetto del Tronto is the flagship of the Marche town. Built in 1931 by the engineer Luigi Onorati, it is not only an essential communication route, but also the heart of tourism and evening entertainment. It is about six kilometers long and is considered one of the most beautiful promenades in Italy. Bordered by cycle paths, tennis courts, skating rinks and pine forests, the promenade of San Benedetto dal Tronto is characterized by a great variety of palm trees (about 8 thousand of different species) and numerous thematic gardens. The most famous ones are the arid garden, the wet garden, the palm garden and the rose garden. A special mention is also required for the citrus, medicinal plants, sails, country and “multisensory” garden.
“The Jonathan’s Way” of San Benedetto del Tronto
Along the South Pier promenade, renamed “The Jonathan’s Way”, you will find the monument dedicated to the seagull Jonathan Livingston, protagonist of the unforgettable book by Richard Bach. The sculpture was created by the artist Mario Lupo in 1986.Every summer “The Jonathan Way” welcomes the works obtained from the boulders of the port and created by local and international artists, who participate in the “Scultura Viva” exhibition, a unique event in Italy held in June. Tourists and citizens can witness the work of the sculptors: the walk thus turns into a visit to an open-air art gallery. On the “Malfizia” port quay, in front of the fish market, there is finally the sculpture complex entitled “The sea, the return”, created by the artist Paolo Annibali. These works were created in memory of all those who lost their lives at sea.