Let the port and MAM charm you:the Magnificent Art Museum on the sea
At the port you will discover a true art museum stretching out to the Adriatic Sea. It is the path of freedom, it is the walk to leisure, contemplation, admiration of what is done by the Sea,man and art. You arrive in front of the monument "The Seagull Jonathan Livingstone" by Mario Lupo and then discover the wonderful sculptures made of white travertine of the cliff made by artists coming from all over the world in a true plein air artistic journey.
The walk is called the MAM Museum of Art on the Sea, one of the most important permanent open-air museums that extends over one kilometer with 163 works of art, of which 146 are sculptures and 17 are murals.The works have been realized during the 19 editions of the International Symposium "Scultura Viva" by 143 artists from 35 nations on 5 continents. There are also five sculptures by Mario Lupo, Genti Tavanxhiu, Giuseppe Straccia and Marcello Sgattoni.
The work of Master Mario Lupo, which was made in 1986 for the initiative of the "Circolo deiSambenedettesi", is the largest and is about eight meters bronze dedicated to the gull Jonathan Livingstone, the protagonist of Richard Bach's book.
Also interesting is the sculptural group in travertine, made up of a "Madonna" placed on the rocks and turned towards an original "Natività di Gesù" immersed but visible in the water of the sea and realized between 2010 and 2012 by the sculptor naif Giuseppe Straccia based on the idea of Arturo Ercole and on behalf of the Italian Naval League.
We invite you to visit this fantastic and enchanting museum to discover all the other masterpieces.
It is always open and the entrance is free. Every year the Museum is enriched with new works.
AT THE SEA MUSEUMAT THE NORTH JETTY
We then recommend the north pier to visit the Sea Museum with its aquarium, amphora and crustacea exhibition will let you discover the hidden wonders deep in the sea. Here you will find three museums in one, that of the maritim civilization, the fish and the amphora. A unique collection in Italy that collects submarine finds of different ages and civilizations. Canary, Phoenician, Punic, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Amphora collected by the San Benedetto's Marines.
JOIN IN HISTORY OF THE "PAESE ALTO"
Another unmissable stop is the ancient PAESE ALTO.
Let overwhelmed by monumental beauties, ancient churches up to the TORRIONE that stands on the city. It is the Tower of the Gualtieri dating back to the XII-XIII century, with its very unique hexagonal plant that resembles the hull of a ship. It is 16.60 meters high and offers a large visual horizon on the city.there are two bells: the largest was built in 1853 and weighs 6400 pounds. Since then the tower will be called "lu campanò", which still marks the alarm clock for the exit at sea. The tower is accessible.