According to the welcome page of the local authority, helpfully if prosaically translated from Italian into English, “San Benedetto del Tronto is one of the major cities on the mid coast of the Adriatic Sea and is a well known and much-visited tourist resort”. But what kind of a resort is it? Over to a poet, Maurice Riordan. In his latest collection, The Water Stealer, shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, he includes “Postcard from San Benedetto del Tronto”. At a recommended retail price of £12.99, The Water Stealer is the best winter-sun offer I’ve seen this year.