Domus Laeta

The Domus Laeta is an ancient historical residence that still exudes all the enchantment of days gone by

Region: Campania

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The Domus Laeta is an ancient historical residence that still exudes all the enchantment of days gone by. It is located in the Cilento National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the small hamlet of Giungano, in the province of Salerno. The village was founded by the inhabitants of Paestum who, fearing the marauding Saracens, preferred the salubrious climate of the hillside. The residence faces south and offers a captivating panorama stretching all the way down to the sea. It still preserves its intricate 17th-century structure, with watchtowers, loopholes along the walls, grand halls, a historic library and, on the lower floors, stables and mangers, an oil mill made out of stone, cellars and bread ovens. In the garden, which is spacious and offers breath-taking views, the old water-collecting reservoir next to the spring well has been converted into a swimming pool with hydromassage. Domus Laeta has always been the property of a noble family, and their memories are preserved and can be seen in the furnishings, artifacts, important archives and the collection of rare and ancient books in the exquisite, valuable library, which consists of around 2,000 volumes.


The Domus Laeta or ‘Happy House’ residence has been lovingly renovated and offers bed and breakfast accommodation. The reception rooms, library, and music room are at the guests' full disposal. There are large outdoor spaces, including a frescoed loggia, a “belvedere” terrace and a garden with fruit trees. The hosts guarantee visitors a welcoming and refined stay, with particular attention given to the breakfast. Gala dinners can be arranged upon request, and the property is also ideal for elegant receptions and small meetings. A warm welcome and information about the area are provided. The rooms, furnished with period furniture, are double and quadruple, and all have private bathrooms, TV and air conditioning. They offer views of the valley or the historic centre, some overlooking the charming inner courtyard.


Domus Laeta is the ideal place to stay for those interested in exploring the Cilento National Park. The residence is an excellent starting point for numerous itineraries: the Cilento coast is only 10 km away, where there are comfortable beach establishments, along with the most beautiful stretch of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Punta Licosa, a protected marine park accessible from the nearby ports of Agropoli, Castellabate, or Capo Palinuro.



Paestum Archaeological Site and Museum: 10 km away

Velia Archaeological Site: 45 km away

Certosa di Padula, the largest charterhouse in Europe: 70 km away

The towns of Teggiano and Roscigno: 98 km away

Castelcivita Caves: 34 km away

Organic Farms: a few kilometres away, such as Vannulo for mozzarella, Maina for preserved vegetables, San Salvatore for wine, and Santomiele for Cilento figs.

Numbers of beds:15
Event salons:3