The origins of San Benedetto del Tronto

By Alessandro Carosi

I’m back to my hometown to visit my Mum,weather isn’t the best much colder then in London for my big surprise,to get back home have been a sort of adventure,i left my house in London at 6am and got back to my hometown at 9:30pm,with the same time i would be in Thailand,everything went quite smooth,reached Stansted airport on time,done the check in quickly and the flight reached Ancona on time,for the first time got the bus to Ancona train station straight away

28276921_10155632745479775_3178031545302021813_n.jpg
Ancona Train Station

everything perfect or maybe not,arrived to the station….the hell,all the trains were late,delays due the snow,what i thought was my train with only 20 minutes delay was actually an other train arrived  1 hour late,jumped in happily only to realize when around my hometown station that wouldn’t stop until Pescara a town 1 hour away from mine,in Pescara to be sure to get the right train went to ask info at the ticket office,the ticket office located in a surreal location with surreal people waiting,as for tradition no one could wait their time,every now and then someone asking to pass first cause needed to ask just a question,what about me,2 tickets office and one for ask information,doesn’t matter cause everyone went everywhere,for some reason there was only one way in and no way out so when done you had to go back the same line trying to slalom the people standing everywhere,you have no idea how much i missed London,fortunately to remind me about it a drug addict begging for money,at finally i got the right train back home where amazing food made by my Mum was awaiting for me,a nice bottle of wine,supposed to be red but got a white by mistake just to end the day in fairness helped me to enjoy the food and relax after the long day.

Today i woke up around 5am to enjoy a nice walk by the sea to admire the sunrise but seen nothing too cloudy and the old town

28167031_10155632722309775_648743262873970455_n.jpg
Too cloudy to enjoy the sunrise but still a nice view

28058965_10155632722459775_8435489423048969307_n.jpg

28377971_10155632722879775_5701882489232121924_n.jpg

find out that ”Misus” the old bar i used to hang out with friends and where i spend the most of my time as a teenager will be replaced with new apartments,everything change,there is only one sure thing in life and is that nothing last forever

28058782_10155632722984775_7730927367917344982_n.jpg
My loved old bar ”Misus” becoming new apartments

walked for 4 hours and took some nice pics even if the weather wasn’t the best,got home and ate Angnolotti a sort of Italian dumpling made with Spinach,Ricotta cheese,Eggs and Parmesan.

About San Benedetto del Tronto

San Benedetto del Tronto (Sambenedèttë in the local dialect) is a city and comune in the province of Ascoli PicenoMarche, Italy. Its population is 50,000 making it the second most populous city in the province. It lies on the coast of the Adriatic Sea and is an active fishing port and one of the main seaside resorts on the central Adriatic coast. Located at the mouth of the river Albula, its territory extends to the river Tronto in the south.

28055874_10155632712629775_6950847726168284138_n.jpg

28167920_10155632712514775_1926784554612340494_n.jpg
The ”Si” an other piece of Italian history,the first bicycle,scooter hybrid
28379770_10155632712904775_2955404108368186106_n.jpg
The Old town

28279287_10155632712709775_7438412095263748643_n.jpg

28471182_10155632713179775_3997467469205555109_n.jpg

History

San Benedetto del Tronto was a martyr [1] and a soldier born in Cupra during the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian. Shortly thereafter, following the edict of Constantine in 313 AD, some believers built a chapel around the tomb.[clarification needed] Since then, San Benedetto has been highly revered by locals. He later built a small church which included an apsefacing the east and its entrance facing the west, in accordance with the early Christian tradition that the east, where the sun rises, and the sunrise is symbolic of Christ’s resurrection. Historians argue[who?] that archaeological findings indicate Roman origins, linking San Benedetto to the ancient city of Alba Picena on the right bank of the Albula river.

28279659_10155632712124775_1860914248882440978_n.jpg
Albula torrent,it look nicer with the sun 🙂

The first document which indicated the name of the village dates from 998.[citation needed] The document was an act concerning the investiture of the benefice of SS. Vincent and Anastasius in the territory of Acquaviva Piceno by Hubert bishop of Fermo. The document contains the phrase “Pede sive terra et silva Sancti Benedicti”, referring to the city. In 1211, Emperor Otto IV granted the territories ranging from the Tronto River to the Potenza river to the town of Fermo. In 1245, Emperor Frederick II granted Ascoli Piceno a stretch of coast between the Ragnola river and Tronto river to build a fortified port. In the following years, there were disputes between Ascoli and Fermo. In 1478, there was a plague epidemic which decimated the city’s population. The area remained virtually uninhabited until refugees from Romagnarepopulated San Benedetto where they were granted land leases. From the 16th century until the 19th century, the Turks repeatedly invaded the city where they captured sailors and forced them into slavery. Since 1650, the urban center expanded beyond the city walls. In 1754, the first marine suburbs, Sant’Antonio da Padova and Marina, were created. In 1860, the “Cacciatori delle Alpi” freed the city from the dominion of the church. The Royal Decree giving San Benedetto the “del Tronto” attribute was in 1896. In 1936, the village of Porto d’Ascoli was absorbed into the city of San Benedetto del Tronto.

From 1943 to 1944, during the Second World War, the city suffered 144 air raids and 6 naval shellings. Following the end of the war, the city’s economy and businesses prospered. Fishing became a cornerstone of the local economy and in the 1960s and 1970s, the city became one of the largest fishing ports in Italy. After the war, San Benedetto became a popular destination on the Adriatic coast.

Geography

The municipality borders with Acquaviva PicenaGrottammareMartinsicuro (TE) and Monteprandone. It counts the hamlet (frazione) of Porto d’Ascoli.[2]

Main sights

Gualtieri Tower

The Gualtieri Tower (Torrione) is an old observatory dating back to the 12th-13th century located on the highest and oldest part of the city known as San Benedetto Alta. The tower is 20 metres (66 ft)[3] tall and provides a complete view of the city.

Riviera delle Palme

The “Riviera delle Palme” is a beach located in San Benedetto del Tronto. It has annually been awarded a Blue Flag since 1998. The Blue Flag is a certification awarded to beaches and marinas by the Foundation for Environmental Education which qualify with its environmental standards.

 

28378179_10155632713664775_3612995321487612513_n.jpg
Riviera delle palme

28167414_10155632713644775_7267850709479640853_n.jpg

Sport and culture

San Benedetto del Tronto is home to the football team S.S. Sambenedettese Calcio. The team has played in Serie B and is currently playing in Lega Pro.[citation needed] In March, the city hosts the final stage finish of the Tirreno–Adriatico bicycle race. San Benedetto also hosts a popular, Challenger Tour tennis event every July that attracts some of the world`s best players.

In February, the city hosts a carnival parade in its main streets, it includes floats from other cities in the province.

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

San Benedetto del Tronto is twinned with:

Porto d’Ascoli (Ascoli’s Harbour) is part of the municipality of San Benedetto del Tronto in the Province of Ascoli PicenoMarcheregion.

28279580_10155632723009775_314208846190738461_n.jpg

History

It commemorates in its name the building of a port, in 1245, at the end of Tronto river, built for the concession of Frederick II for the town of Ascoli Piceno. Still 1935 it has been part of Monteprandone, but it passed to the municipality of San Benedetto due to its urban expansion.

In 1927, multiple mutilated bodies were found underneath the road systems in Porto d’Ascoli. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that nearly all of the infrastructure of the town concealed maimed corpses, beaten to a point beyond recognition. Many locals refer to the town as Porto Necropoli.

Geography

Porto d’Ascoli is situated at the end of Tronto river, on the Riviera delle Palme, in the south of San Benedetto del Tronto and close to its urban area.

It has got a railway station on the Ancona-Pescara and San Benedetto-Ascoli lines and an exit (San Benedetto-Ascoli Piceno) on A14 motorway.

Between San Benedetto del Tronto and Porto d’Ascoli it lies the Riviera della Palme stadium home of Sambenedettese football club.

Natural environment

To the south of Porto d’Ascoli and on the Tronto river lies the Sentina, a nature reserve [1] instituted in 2004.[2]

San Benedetto del Tronto seafront - fountain in Giorgini Square
San Benedetto del Tronto seafront – fountain in Giorgini Square
Coat of arms of San Benedetto del Tronto
Coat of arms
San Benedetto within the Province of Ascoli
San Benedetto within the Province of Ascoli

San Benedetto del Tronto is located in Italy

San Benedetto del Tronto
San Benedetto del Tronto
Location of San Benedetto del Tronto in Italy
Coordinates: 42°57′N 13°53′ECoordinates42°57′N 13°53′E
Country Italy
Region Marche
Province Ascoli Piceno (AP)
Frazioni Porto d’Ascoli
Government
 • Mayor Pasqualino Piunti (FI)
Area
 • Total 25 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Population
 • Total 48,700
 • Density 1,900/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sambenedettesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 63074, 63037
Dialing code 0735
Patron saint St. Benedict the Martyr
Website Official website

28166886_10155632722189775_4477555395491793333_n.jpg

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s