For the hamlet in the municipality of Cortino, see Padula (Cortino).
Comune di Padula

Panorama of Padula from the Charterhouse

Padula within the Province of Salerno

Location of Padula in Italy

Coordinates: 40°20′24″N 15°39′24″E / 40.34000°N 15.65667°E / 40.34000; 15.65667Coordinates: 40°20′24″N 15°39′24″E / 40.34000°N 15.65667°E / 40.34000; 15.65667
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province / Metropolitan city Salerno (SA)
Frazioni Ascolese, Caiazzano
  Total 66.44 km2 (25.65 sq mi)
Elevation 699 m (2,293 ft)
Population (2007)
  Total 5,279
  Density 79/km2 (210/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Padulesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 84034, 84030
Dialing code 0975
Patron saint Saint Michael the Archangel
Website Official website

Padula is a comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. It is the home of the Carthusian monastery Certosa di San Lorenzo, sometimes referred to as the Certosa di Padula. As of 2011 its population was of 5,279.[1]


It is located about 100 kilometres south-east of the provincial capital of Salerno. The majority of the town is on a hillside that reaches 698 meters above sea level. The comune covers an area of 66.33 square kilometres.


Its existence reaches back to at least the ninth century when local people used the hilltop area for defence against the Saracens. The history of Padula as an organized village begins with the arrival in 1296 of Tommaso II Sanseverino, though the Monastery of Saint Nicola had been erected on this site earlier, in 1086. This name was chosen because of the legendary man known as Padula.

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Famous residents


The town counts a railway station on the abandoned Sicignano-Lagonegro line, closed in 1987. It is served by the A3 motorway Naples-Reggio Calabria, at the exit "Padula-Buonabitacolo", which is the northern end of a highway to Policastro Bussentino on the Cilentan Coast. Nearest airports are Salerno-Pontecagnano (97 km far) and Naples-Capodichino (168 km).

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  1. (Italian) Source: Istat 2011
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