The small town of Lustra, inhabited by no more than a thousand people, is a charming village in the ancient Cilento, made of variegated landscapes, that slope down from the feet of Monte della Stella to Alento valley.
The landscape of Lustra is made of plains, hills and some mountains, covered by the Mediterranean bush: olive trees, vineyards and fig trees.
Santa Maria Vetere Church is very interesting, 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.
Saint Paul Feast is very nice. A story tells that during a journey to Rome, Saint Paul crossed the road that in the past linked Velia to Paestum. This road now links Lustra to the graveyard. Saint Paul was very tired and stopped to rest on a stone that still exists: it is called San Paolo Stone. A legend tells that those who bring with them a piece of this stone can’t be beaten by snakes.
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
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.