Getting There & Around
Trenitalia (tel. 892021 in Italy; www.trenitalia.it) offers direct connections from Naples and Salerno to Battipaglia, where you will need to switch to a shuttle bus (which runs on schedule with the trains) to Padula and the monastery. You can also take a bus directly from Salerno: Lamanna (tel. 0975-520426) and Curcio Viaggi (tel. 089-254080; www.curcioviaggi.it) both make runs to Padula from Piazza della Concordia near the train station. Curcio Viaggi also offers direct connection to Padula from Firenze and Siena. From Naples, Autolinee SLA (tel. 0973-21016; www.slasrl.it) offers direct service to Padula; Simet (tel. 0983-520315; www.simetspa.it) has a daily bus that leaves Piazza Garibaldi (across from Stazione Centrale) at 10am. By car, take the exit marked PADULA-BUONABITACOLO off the A3 to SS 19, and follow the signs for PADULA.
The local tourist office is Associazione Pro Loco Padula, Via Italo Balbo 45, Padula (tel. 0975-778611; www.prolocopadula.com).
You'll find a pharmacy (tel. 0975-74587) on Via Nazionale in Padula. The nearest hospital (tel. 0975-312111) is in the town of Marsicovetere, a few miles east. For an ambulance, dial tel. 118. Dial tel. 113 or 112 for the police, tel. 115 for the fire department, and tel. 116 for ACI road assistance. You will find a bank with an ATM, Banco di Napoli (tel. 0975-778593), on Piazza Umberto I 15.