Monuments and natural beauties...

  • Rocca hamlet with some noble palaces (Granito, De Vita, Verrone, D’Agosto, Esposito, Rinaldi and Vaccaro). The castle in Rocca is really beautiful
    Santa Maria Vetere Church, it is an elegant Middle Ages church. The ceiling is really beautiful with alternate octagonal and square caissons. The pulpit has five decorated faces. The style of this church is unique, because the sophisticated architecture is completed by simple techniques
    Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, with three naves and San Nicola, dell’Annunziata, Santa Caterina, Santa Maria del Principio, anime del Purgatorio, Crocifisso, San Donato, Concezione, Rosario, Corpo di Cristo chapels. The main nave has a vividly decorated ceiling made of caissons, while the aisles’ ceiling is made of wood and tiles. There is also a beautiful organ.
    Sant’Antonio da Padova Chapel built between 1945 and 1946
    Santa Maria della Neve Church of 1400
    S. Francesco monastery, called “dell’Immacolata Concezione” or “San Francesco alla foresta”. According to tradition, it was founded by San Bernardino da Siena around 1427. On the façade there are three round arches that lead to a narthex
    Torrente Fiumara Valley

History...

Lustra was already inhabited in IV-III century b.C. as some finds testify.
During Longobard age in Lustra there was the constitution of a farmers association called Persiceto, this association was not the only one of the Longobard lands. Longobard Lustra was very active, more active than the other Longobard villages.
During Norman period, Lustra passed to Sanseverino family and in 1185 it was donated to Guglielmo I Sanseverino.
Rocca Cilento, a hamlet, was first mentioned in a document of 1110 that says that Guglielmo I Sanseverino decided to move the seat of the Barony of Cilento from the fortified town (a mythic town, maybe never existed, Cilenti, or Castellum Cilenti, built on Petilia, the ancient town of Lucani) on the peak of Monte della Stella to the hill of Rocca. Rocca had a strategic position and was the most important of the villages of the area. In a document of 1119 Rocca is included in the castle of Sanseverino and in 1185 Rocca was called castrum, that is a fortified town. Rocca was also the seat of the presbyterate office. Sanseverino family lived there. Rocca was included in Lustra municipality in 1861.

 

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