In the north-west of Sardinia in the municipality of Borutta (SS) rises 570 metres above sea level on a hill, San Pietro di Sorres the only Benedictine abbey on the island and a national monument since 1894.
Next to the ancient and unique Romanesque-Pisan cathedral of the Sorres diocese, dating back to the 12th century, the community was only established in the mid-20th century (between 1950 and 1955), on the initiative of the Parma monks, to bring Benedictine monastic life there with the rhythm of the 'ora et labora' rule that alternates between work and prayer. Attached to the monastery is a guest quarters: rooms dedicated to hospitality typical of the Benedictine tradition. Thus the monks of Sorres, following the instructions of St Benedict, perform this ecclesiastical service by offering hospitality to those who wish to spend one or more days in the silence of the monastery.
The guest quarters is spread over three floors and has 23 rooms: 2 quadruple, 10 double and 11 with single beds, including a room for people with motor disabilities. All rooms have their own bathroom and are equipped with bed linen, blankets, towels and toiletries for personal hygiene. The facility is also accessible for the motor-impaired and to this end there is a lift, which makes it easy to reach the three floors of the house.
The guest quarters is completed by a dining room/refectory, located on the ground floor, with 80 seats, which can be used by guests staying for several days as well as those staying for a single day.
Hospitality includes half-board or full-board accommodation, or lunch only if the guest decides to stay for an entire day at the Monastery. It is possible to stay in the Monastery guest quarters all year round.
MONASTERY EXPERIENCE: ACTIVITIES.
Living for a few days inside the Sorres monastery is a unique experience, where it is possible to share with the monks all the activities that take place inside the monastery, both moments of prayer and other activities organised at different times of the year. However, the guest is free to spend the days inside the monastery, without necessarily having to follow the proposed activities.
Especially during the summer period, 'study weeks' on biblical and patristic topics, 'liturgy weeks', 'spiritual exercises' courses for priests and lay people, 'iconography' courses, 'retreat days', etc. are organised.
Of course, it is always possible to visit the interior of the church of San Pietro di Sorres, a jewel of Pisan-Romanesque architecture in Sardinia.
During your stay you will have the opportunity to stop in the magnificent cloister with a well and embellished with beautiful frescoes by the artist monk Fr. Bonifacio Salice, with scenes from the life of St. Benedict.
In addition, you can also visit the library located inside the monastery, which has a book collection of about 70,000 units, many of which are unique and valuable books.
THINGS TO DO IN THE VICINITY.
The territory in which the Abbey of San Pietro di Sorres is located, and therefore that of Borutta, is the Meilogu, a name that means 'place in the middle' between the north and south of Sardinia, which offers numerous naturalistic testimonies and sites of valuable archaeological value. Already next to the church, not far from the apse, is what remains of a polylobate nuraghe.
On the hill is the 'Sa Rocca Ulari' cave, which is important both from an archaeological point of view, since artefacts referable to the Ozieri culture have been found inside, and from a naturalistic point of view, due to the fact that there is a large colony of bats consisting of five different species inside. 'Sa Rocca Ulari' is part of a SIC (Site of Community Interest) area.
Just 4 kilometres from the site stands the Nuragic palace of Santu Antine, one of the best-preserved nuraghi in Sardinia, and a little further on you will also find the pre-Nuragic necropolis of Sant'Andrea Priu.
Other Romanesque churches are also nearby, such as: the Church of Nostra Signora del Regno in the municipality of Ardara, the Church of the Santissima Trinità di Saccargia in the municipality of Codrongianos, the Church of San Michele Salvenero in the municipality of Ploaghe, the Church of San Leonardo in the municipality of Ittiri and the Church of Santa Maria Contra in the municipality of Cargeghe.
Moreover, if you stay in the guest quarters of the monastery of San Pietro di Sorres during the month of August, you can attend the historical re-enactment of Sa Bastida di Sorres, which, thanks to the participation of numerous figures, re-enacts the war between the Doria, the Arborensi and the Aragonese around the middle of the 14th century, right near the Sorres Abbey.
Inside the monastery, you will also find a shop where you can buy various monastic articles from other Italian Benedictine monasteries, such as: foodstuffs, beer, wine, liqueurs, herbal products, cosmetics, sacred art and handicrafts.
Adjacent to the forecourt of the Abbey of San Pietro di Sorres, there is ample parking for both cars and buses.