San Benedetto del Tronto

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San Benedetto del Tronto
42°57.43′N, 13°53.48′E Chart icon.png
Harbour of San Benedetto del Tronto from SSE

The harbour of San Benedetto del Tronto is situated on the Adriatic coast of Italy around 16 miles NW of the port of Giulianova and 18 miles SE of the marina of Porto San Giorgio. The town takes its name from that of a Roman solider reputedly martyred by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the beginning of the third century AD and later washed up on the beach near the town. A simple chapel was later built around his tomb and was the nucleus of the town’s future development. Today San Benedetto del Tronto is a busy fishing harbour and thriving resort with one of the finest beaches along this stretch of coast. In the southern part of the harbour is a porto turistico providing berths for over 500 vessels on eight piers/pontoons and associated quays.


British Admiralty


During the summer months the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal seabreezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. In the southern Adriatic, the “scirocco”, a S/SE wind blowing up from North Africa which can last for several days, is more common. Unlike the “bora”, which can arrive without warning, a “scirocco” tends to build in strength over 24-48 hours, sometimes reaching gale force (especially in winter).

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation.
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)


See Adriatic.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Entrance showing waves breaking on the shoal patch of the N mole in force 4/5

The buildings of the town and the white tower of a lighthouse at the SW end of the port are conspicuous on the approach. Entry to the harbour is from NNE, staying at least 60 metres off the northern breakwater all the way in to avoid a shoal patch extending from its end. Basically this means following the line of the S breakwater as it curves round as closely as you dare (if you are using Navionics chartware, note that the depth contours shown (May 2015) are completely wrong and will put you aground!). If in doubt, wait for a yacht or fishing boat to enter and follow it. Depths in the entrance are 5.0 - 6.0 metres but shoal to little more than 2.5 – 3.0 metres in parts of the channel. The yacht berths are straight ahead and in the shallower basin to port on entry. Shelter is good, although strong northerly winds (force 5 and above) create an uncomfortable surge. Under such conditions, waves pile up in the harbour entrance and entry is inadvisable.


Moorings on the concrete pier

All the berths in the yacht basin are managed by the local yacht club, the Circulo Nautico Sambenedettense (telephone: +39 0735 584255; VHF: channel 13). Yachts berth where directed either on the four long quays/pontoons extending WNW from the south mole or along the wide concrete pier with the yacht club buildings on it to the W side of the basin. There are also three new pontoons extending N from this pier towards the fishing boats, but berths here are very exposed and it is best to avoid them if you can. There are spaces for around 500 yachts in all of a maximum length of 24 metres (although draft is a more important limiting factor). Depths at the quays and pontoons range from 2.0 - 3.5 metres. Water and electricity on the pontoons. Toilets and showers at the yacht club (electronic card needed). Daily charge for a typical 13 metre yacht: Euros 55.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Clubhouse of the Club Nautico
  • Circulo Nautico Sambenedettense - Website


No anchoring is permitted in the harbour.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.


Boatyard associated with yacht club. Facilities include: Slipway. Travel lift (200 T). Mobile crane (65 T). Hard standing. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood, steel and fiberglass hull repairs. Divers.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel berth near the clubhouse
station on the pier near the yacht clubhouse (0700 - 1900)
Water & Electricity
on the piers and pontoons

Things to do Ashore

Sculpture on the molo sud
Mural on the molo sud
Piazza del Popolo, Ascoli Piceno


The waterfront of San Benedetto is particularly attractive, being largely pedestrianised, lined with tall palm trees and separated from the buildings of the town by verdant parks. The south breakwater (molo sud) is an attraction in its own right, with numerous rock sculptures created by participants in a 2012 sculpture expo as well as some impressive painted murals. Most visitors with time to spare also visit the historic town of Ascoli Piceno, 50 mionutes minutes away by bus, which bristles with mediaeval towers and ancient churches and also contains a fine art gallery in a 17th century palazzo.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Several provisions shops in the town


  • Bar and restaurant at the yacht club
  • Numerous restaurants nearby in the town


Free municipal wifi (Aliseo) – requires registration with mobile number. Free wifi also at Club Nautico.



Motorbike & Car Rentals

Several rental outlets in the city.

Garbage Disposal

Several bins around the porto turistico


  • Buses to most local destinations from the town
  • Railway station with connections to most destinations (10 minutes from harbour)
  • Regular StartPlus buses to and from Ascoli Piceno (from stop outside railway station)
  • Airport at Pescara (70 kms) with flights to several international destinations


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


References & Publications

See Italy.


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