Along the Adriatic coast of the Marche, in the southernmost part, is the town of San Benedetto del Tronto, an important fishing port but also a very popular tourist center on the Riviera delle Palme. Although little is known about the origins of the city, San Benedetto del Tronto is very rich in archaeological remains belonging to different eras, as well as churches, museums and military architecture. Suitable both for those who want to immerse themselves in the history of central Italy, and for those who dream of a weekend at the beach outside the city, San Benedetto del Tronto has a lot to offer: in this article, we explain what to do, where to eat and what to do in the evening in San Benedetto del Tronto.
- 10 + 1 things to see in San Benedetto del Tronto in a weekend
- What to see in San Benedetto del Tronto in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in San Benedetto del Tronto: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in San Benedetto del Tronto
- Plan your stay in San Benedetto del Tronto: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 + 1 things to see in San Benedetto del Tronto in a weekend
1 - Cathedral of Santa Maria della Marina
Erected in honor of the Madonna della Spiaggia, the Cathedral of Santa Maria della Marina is the main religious building in the city as well as being the first building built outside the ancient village. The church was blessed and opened to the public in 1908, although the last works ended only in the 70s of the 900s, due to the compulsory interruption during the years of the world wars. Inside, the church is divided into three naves (one central and two side) and is equipped with a beautiful pipe organ, located in the right aisle. The apse is also very beautiful, frescoed by a Franciscan friar, a certain one Ugolino from Belluno, in which representations of the lives of the saints are combined with those of local maritime traditions.
- from the municipality it takes about 16 minutes on foot along via Alcide de Gasperi. From the train station, on the other hand, it takes less than 10 minutes, first following via Gramsci and then via Pizzi - Get directions
- every day, from 6:30 to 20:00
2 - Church of San Giuseppe & Mandracchio
Built starting in 1870, the Church of St. Joseph it is the other religious building that has always been an important point of reference for the town. The church is well recognizable for the neoclassical style that distinguishes it, but also for the imposing portal (with tympanums and stone friezes) that overlooks Piazza Matteotti, the ancient Piazza d'Armi. The building is located a short distance from the Mandracchio, or from the small inlet used for mooring the boats of the inhabitants of the city: it is a very picturesque place, where we are sure you will be able to take some interesting shots.
- it is located a few steps from the Cathedral and the city Mandracchio, in via Francesco Crispi. From the station it takes about 8 minutes, from the Municipality instead about 11 minutes continuing straight on via de Gasperi - Get directions
- every day, from 8:00 to 20:00
3 - Promenade and beach
We cannot talk about San Benedetto del Tronto without also mentioning its famous Lungomare, undisputed symbol of the city, as well as the beating heart of the tourist San Benedetto. Designed and built in the 30s on the basis of the project by the engineer Onorati, the Lungomare di San Benedetto del Tronto is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Italy, with its 6 km of length and the presence of lush gardens, tennis courts, benches and relaxation areas along its course. Also around the Lungomare, you can find some of the most famous monuments of the city, including the sculpture by Ugo Nespolo: "Work, work, work, I prefer the sound of the sea" (located at the beginning of the Lungomare) or the Blue building, one of the best known and most identifiable historical buildings of the urban fabric.
- it is about 20 minutes away from both the town and the station. The Lungomare is perfectly signposted in every corner of the city - Get directions
- always accessible
4 - Torrione dei Gualtieri
Called Mastio della Rocca, the Torrione dei Gualtieri is a lookout tower located in the upper part of the town, from which it dominates the entire town. Built in the th century, probably at the behest of the Gualtieri family, in order to keep the continuous conflicts between Ascoli and Fermo under control, the tower is about 20 meters high and has a slightly flattened hexagonal plan, made entirely of brick. In addition, a large clock was placed on the facade facing the sea (perhaps more for decorative purposes than anything else), as well as a beautiful battlements that distinguish the upper part.
- it is about 20 minutes from the town hall, along via Alcide de Gasperi, or 10 minutes from the station, along via Pizzi - Get directions
- every day, from 10:00 to 12:30 (in summer also from 21:30 to 24:00)
5 - Monument to the Fisherman
Perhaps the best known and most representative sculpture of the whole city, the Monument to the Fisherman welcomes tourists visiting San Benedetto, but also the locals, who have always been devoted to sea life. Made by the artist Cleto Capponi, this monument represents a fisherman, in fact, in a very particular pose: the man in fact is not withdrawing his nets or driving a boat as one might expect; instead he is blowing inside a trumpet: this practice was often used in case of impending fog, to attract the attention of local sailors / fishermen to warn them about the danger.
- it is located near the Lungomare, in via delle Tamerici. From the town hall it is about 15 minutes along via Trento, from the station 10 minutes along viale dei Tigli - Get directions
- always accessible
6 - Lighthouse
Between the Rotonda Giorgini and the port area, there is another very important monument of San Benedetto del Tronto: the city lighthouse. Officially entered into operation in 1957, this cylindrical lighthouse is about 31 meters high and, thanks to a spiral staircase of 150 steps, it is possible to reach its top, from which admire a splendid view of the sea and the urban fabric behind it. Although today it functions automatically, in the past the lighthouse was based on a manual operating mechanism, in which the movement of the gears was made possible thanks to an engine weight recharged daily by the lighthouse keeper on duty.
- is located in viale Marinai d'Italia, a few meters from the Monument to the Fisherman, about 17 minutes from the town and about ten minutes from the station - Get directions
- always accessible, but advance booking is required
7 - Monument to the Jonathan Seagull
In addition to the Monument to the Fisherman, also the Monumento al Gabbiano Jonathan is quite well known and loved by tourists visiting the city, as well as best representing the love of the locals for the sea: dedicated to the famous novel by the American Richard Bach, The Seagull Jonathan Livingston, this 10-meter sculpture encloses the life of seagulls and water in a blue circle. However, many see the sacrifice and tenacity that characterize the people of the sea, always ready to fight against the difficulties and limits of life. (Little curiosity: the South Pier promenade has been renamed The Jonathan's Way, in honor of the sculpture.)
- starting from the town it is necessary to follow via Trento to the South Pier for about 25 minutes. From the station you can arrive in 16 minutes walking along via Fiscaletti - Get directions
- always accessible
8 - Palm Market
This is not a real monument, but an event that attracts tourists from all over Italy every year (about 3-4 times): the Mercatino delle Palme is a rather pretty antiques market, loved both by collectors but also by the most curious visitors. There you can find the most diverse treasures: from furniture to tea sets, from paintings to vintage lamps, etc. If you are in San Benedetto del Tronto under the Befana, but also at Easter and August th, you absolutely cannot miss this event which is usually held in the pedestrian area.
- is organized in the pedestrian area, a few steps from the city lighthouse. From the municipality you can arrive in 16 minutes along via de Gasperi, from the station instead you arrive in 7 minutes along via Gramsci and via Fiscaletti - Get directions
- the dates change from year to year (the event has now reached its 26th edition): in 2019 the days of the Palm Market are January 5-6, April 27-28, July 28-1, August 23-26.
9 - Fish Museum
Among the museums of San Benedetto del Tronto, the Fish Museum is perhaps the most interesting to visit: inside there are about 6.000 pieces between fossils, subfossils and a very rich marine herbarium. In addition, the museum also makes use of various models and reproductions of the seabed to help better understand the visitor who is enveloped in a fascinating and not entirely known world, at the discovery of the fish fauna of the seas of our planet.
- it is located within walking distance of the city port. From the municipality you can get there in 23 minutes by first following via de Gasperi and then via Colombo, from the station it takes 10 minutes - Get directions
- every weekend (including Friday), from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 18:30
- full € 7,00 reduced € 5,00 (the ticket includes admission to the entire museum complex of the sea: Fish Museum - Amphora Museum - Pinacoteca del Mare)
10 - Beaches
Il coastal coast of San Benedetto del Tronto is characterized by white sand beaches quite fine and from a crystalline sea with shallow waters, perfect for bathing. If you visit San Benedetto during a beautiful sunny day, it would be a real shame not to dedicate some time to relax on one of the nearby beaches: among those we recommend, there are certainly the Free beach town, a few kilometers from the center, or even the nearby ones Martinsicuro beach Il Gabbiano beach, etc. You will be spoiled for choice!
- take the car and head towards the sea, along the coast there are many free and non-free beaches, suitable for all tastes ... stop at the one that inspires you the most and enjoy your well-deserved rest. Below, we insert the directions for the beautiful Martinsicuro Beach - Get directions
- always accessible
11 - Bilge Reserve
North of the mouth of the Tronto river, it is located a natural area of about 200 hectares characterized by great beauty: we are talking about the Bilge Reserve which, with very few rural buildings, the proximity to the beach and the presence of a marshy area, it is the perfect habitat for several species of water birds, some of which are at risk of extinction. If you want to disconnect a little from the beach life or if you simply love to get lost in the green, the Bilge Reserve is the place for you, also very popular among bird watchers.
- it is necessary to take the car and follow the SS16 and the Strada Statale 16var towards via del Cacciatore. You will arrive at your destination in a quarter of an hour - Get directions
- always accessible
What to see in San Benedetto del Tronto in one day: recommended itinerary
San Benedetto del Tronto it's a nice little town from visit on foot, exploring the labyrinthine alleys of the historic center, but also walking along the famous Lungomare or dedicating a few hours to a little relaxation by the sea ... In short, in San Benedetto there is no shortage of activities to do: that's why we have prepared a itinerary to be completed in a single day, to discover the main points of interest in the city.
Morning: Our itinerary for San Benedetto del Tronto starts from the upper town area and, in particular, from Torrione dei Gualtieri which dominates the panorama. Before starting our journey, however, we stop for breakfast at the delicious restaurant Coffee of the Poets, a real institution of the town. After a quick visit to the tower, we begin to descend towards the lower part of the city, first making a stop at the Cathedral town and then towards Lighthouse, once a very important reference point for sailors from all over the coast. From here, we advise you to head towards the port where you can come across several interesting installations, including the Monument to the Jonathan Seagull, Monument to the Fisherman and the sculpture entitled Lavorare, lavoro, lavoro I prefer the sound of the sea by Ugo Nespolo. If you have time left before lunch, don't forget to visit the Fish Museum local, full of interesting pieces.
Afternoon: Not far from the Museum, there is one of the best fish restaurants in the city: we are talking about La Stiva restaurant, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine. After lunch, you might consider taking a nice (albeit challenging) walk on the Lungomare citizen or take the car and go to Martinsicuro beach to spend an afternoon of doing nothing. Alternatively, if you're the more adventurous type, head to the Bilge Reserve to surround yourself with greenery and animals in freedom.
Evening: on your return, go back to the beautiful Cathedral and stop to eat something genuine at theOsteria Dadomé, welcoming and inspired by tradition.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at Caffè dei Poeti - Get directions
- Torrione dei Gualtieri - opening hours: every day, from 10.00 to 12.30 (in summer also from 21.30 to 24) - ticket price: free
- City Cathedral - opening hours: every day, from 6.30 to 20.00 - ticket price: free
- Faro - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Monument to the Jonathan Seagull, Monument to the Fisherman, Sculpture Working, working, working I prefer the sound of the sea - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Fish Museum - opening hours: every weekend (including Friday), from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.30 to 18.30 - ticket price: full € 7,00 reduced € 5,00
- Lunch at La Stiva - Get directions
- Lungomare - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Afternoon on the beach (for example, Martinsicuro beach) - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- or Riserva della Sentina - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Dinner at Osteria Dadomé - Get directions
Where to eat in San Benedetto del Tronto: the best restaurants
- Tasting of the Giant: elegant restaurant in the historic center with a typically Mediterranean menu
Average price per person: € 40,00 / 50,00
Address and contacts: via degli Anelli, 19 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0735588644
- Osteria Dadomé: traditional tavern with welcoming staff and typical dishes of the region
Average price per person: € 25,00
Address and contacts: piazza Nardone, 9 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0735 588383
- The old bell: restaurant specializing in fresh fish dishes with excellent value for money
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: via dei Neroni, 26 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0735480640
- The Hold: restaurant specializing in fish dishes located near the city port
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: via Dandolo, 15 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 3288606491
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in San Benedetto del Tronto
San Benedetto del Tronto is a rather active and lively town, both during the day and after sunset, when life from the beach moves to the various pubs and clubs in the city. The evening proposal here is very varied, so much so that the town is suitable for both a weekend with the family and one with friends: it ranges from the most chic wine bars, to traditional pubs to discos (many of them near the seafront) where being able to go wild all night. The main areas of the nightlife of San Benedetto del Tronto are concentrated in the area surrounding the Old Town (for example, the viale Secondo Moretti is one of the historic avenues of the city where there are many clubs) or near the Lungomare citizen.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Bubbly Enoteca: elegant and at the same time informal wine bar, suitable for both a quick aperitif and a proper dinner
Address: via Monfalcone, 13 (Get directions) / Facebook page
- Old Spirit Authentic Football Pub: pub with a wide selection of craft beers and simple but tasty dishes
Address: via San Martino, 48 (Get directions) / Facebook page
- Florentia World: cult discopub of the place, suitable for those who want to experiment with particular cocktails and for those who love to dance until late at night
Address: via Giuseppe Fioravanti, 3 (Get directions)
Plan your stay in San Benedetto del Tronto: info and useful tips
- by car it is easily accessible from all major Italian cities, Pescara (80 km), Ascoli Piceno (39 km), L'Aquila (115 km), Ancona (86 km), Perugia (177 km), Assisi (160 km) , Rome (224 km), Viterbo (250 km), Florence (325 km), Arezzo (268 km), Grosseto (347 km), San Marino (195 km). Even by train, it is easy to reach it as it has its own station that allows connections from some of the main Italian cities (alternatively, another nearby station is Porto d'Ascoli, just 4 km away). The closest airports to San Benedetto del Tronto are those of Pescara (76 km) and Ancona (90 km), from which it is then possible to reach the city by train.
- Getting around: the city is perfectly suitable for pedestrians and therefore can be easily visited on foot.
- Where to park: if you have the possibility to leave your car in the car park of the hotel where you are staying, do so in order to be more free during your travels around the city. If, on the other hand, this is not possible for you, we recommend that you leave your car in the Station Parking in via Antonio Gramsci (Get directions), or at the San Benedetto Parking in via Silvio Pellico (Get directions), in both cases, the hourly rate is € 1,00 per hour. The car parks on the Lungomare, on the other hand, are much more salty, so we advise you to avoid them.
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: Pescara (80 km), Ascoli Piceno (39 km), L'Aquila (115 km), Chieti (90 km), Vasto (150 km), Teramo (57 km), Macerata (69 km), Ancona (86 km ), Perugia (177 km), Gubbio (200 km), Assisi (160 km), Spoleto (166 km), San Marino (195 km), Monti Sibillini National Park (127 km), Gran Sasso National Park (52 km)