Visitors can organise the perfect holiday from the Grotte dei Saraceni Country House, choosing from a range of available tourist routes that offer nature, art, culture and food and wine in the heart of the Vibrata Valley, to discover traditional flavours and experience a corner of Abruzzo that is steeped in history.
The via delle Pinciaie (route of the earthen houses) weaves its way through the Vibrata and Salinello Valleys, following a level trail where, scattered here and there along the country roads, the so-called pinciaie or old earthen houses that give their name to this excursion are to be found. The fascination of these journeys lies in discovering the history of Sant’Omero whilst at the same time experiencing the enjoyment of a walk through the lush green countryside in which different smells combine to provide a sense of wellbeing.
Places of interest
While the surrounding area offers the lure of nature, the town should also be visited for the historical and artistic significance that make Sant’Omero and the surrounding villages places of exceptional interest. These include the Parish Church of SS Annunziata (Our Lady of the Annunciation), whose austere yet imposing architecture houses a 1760 Baroque organ by the master organ-maker Onorio Cacciapuoti and other furnishings dating from the 14th to the 17th century. Due to its size, and so that it could be perfectly fitted into the recess that serves as its harmonic resonance case, the organ was actually built inside the church. Other interesting attractions associated with religious architecture include the Sala Marchesale, known as the former-church of the SS Annunziata, built in 1600 on commission for the Marquis Alvaro de Mendoza. Just outside the town is the country church of Sant'Angelo Abbamano which is of particular historical interest, because of the stone slab on its threshold, on which it is possible to read the inscription that describes how this place of worship was built on top of ancient ruins, thermal spas or reservoirs dating back to Roman times. For lovers of archaeology and the silent and fascinating reminders of the past, the area of Sant’Omero has a wealth of ancient hydraulic engineering structures, dating back to the Romans, and the water storage reservoirs known as theGrotte dei Saraceni , after which the Country House is so evocatively named.
An alternative way of exploring the local area and combining the discovery of new places with a sporting activity is that of riding horseback along the tourist bridleway that extends for about twenty kilometres around Sant’Omero. There are also several dedicated routes intended for cycling enthusiasts who prefer exploring on two wheels. The entire area of Teramo is, in fact, geared-up for cycling tourism and offers a number of routes that wend their way along the enjoyable ups and downs that are crammed full of natural attractions of rare beauty and are perfect for lovers of mountain biking and those wishing to explore new ways of visiting Italy’s greenest region. Worthy of a particular mention are the itineraries that lead from the Vibrata Valley and Sant'Omero to the coastal resorts of Alba Adriatica and Giulianova and can be extended further along Teramo's entire coastline.