Italy is a peninsula with a shape that resembles a boot. Since it’s a peninsula, Italy has plenty of coasts and beaches.
So, since Summer is approaching fast, if you want to spend your vacations in Italy, in this article I’m going to talk about a famous Italian beach destination.
One of the most tourist and loved beach destinations to spend your vacations in Italy is San Benedetto del Tronto.
SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO
San Benedetto del Tronto is an Italian city in the Marche region that lies on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
It’s a typical Italian beach town where you can find long beaches, facilities, discos, water parks, tennis courts, skating rinks, in short everything you need to relax and have some fun if you want to spend your vacations in Italy.
In San Benedetto stands Riviera delle Palme, one of the most famous and beautiful beaches there.
Riviera delle Palme has been awarded the Blue Flag since 1998. The Blue Flag is a European Certification awarded to the beaches that have a certain number of features, among others, a good water quality, adequate services and that care for safety.
San Benedetto del Tronto, however, isn’t just one of the most popular beach destinations among Italians but it’s also a place where you can find some interesting buildings.
Indeed, in San Benedetto del Tronto you can see two ancient towers, the Guelfa Tower and the Gualtieri Tower.
The Guelfa tower is a defensive tower built around the XIV century. It was part of a big fortress that unfortunately was destroyed by Gentile da Modigliano long ago.
The Gualtieri Tower, instead, is 20 meters tall and it’s older than the Guelfa Tower. In fact, it was built around the XII century. The Gualtieri Tower is located in San Benedetto Alta, the oldest and highest part of the city. So, from there you can have a good panoramic view.
If you like visiting churches, one of the most important churches in San Benedetto del Tronto is San Benedetto Church, dedicated to the martyr of the same name.
The Church was built in the XI century and modified in the XVIII century. It hosts many ancient epigraphs, gravestones, some statues, several paintings and also some relics of San Benedetto.
Finally, in San Benedetto, you can also see some monuments. The most famous are Monumento al Pescatore – monument dedicated to the fisher – and Monumento al gabbiano Jonathan – monument dedicated to the seagull Jonathan.
Monumento al Pescatore, by Cleto Capponi, shows a fisher who’s playing a trumpet to signal some danger.
Monumento al gabbiano Jonathan, instead, is by Mario Lupo and is dedicated to the seagull Jonathan Livingston, the main character if the famous book Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Finally, near San Benedetto there is also the Sentina natural reserve. It’s an area of 177 hectares where there are only few rural buildings.You can visit it by foot but also by bike.
In the natural reserve you can see different birds such as cranes and kingfishers, few mammals such as bats, nutrias, and some amphibious such as toads.
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