Houses and homes in Agropoli - key information
Agropoli is a town and comune located in the Cilento area of the province of Salerno, Campania, Italy. It is situated at the start of the Cilentan Coast, on the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Information about Agropoli
Agropoli stands on a promontory overlooking the sea. The area has been populated from the Neolithic period. At the mouth of the Testene river there was a bay, used by the Greeks for commerce. It was they who founded the colony of Hercula there. On the top of the promontory, the built a temple dedicated to Neptune.
Following the incursions of the Vandals, in the fifth century, the village was abandoned by the inhabitants who moved to the promontory. Between 535 and 553, with the Greek-Gothic war, the Byzantines placed a stronghold there which took the name of Acropolis (upper town).
In 882 the city suffered the invasion of the Saracens, who built a ribàt (new fortification): from here the attacks on neighboring countries started up to Salerno. Only in 915 these were driven out and Agropoli passed to the bishops who ruled the city throughout the medieval era. Then the territory saw the succession of several feudal lords. The Sanfelice family retained power until the abolition of the feudal system.
Agropoli is characterized by the variety of landscapes: from the green hills to the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Salerno. The city is a popular seaside resort. Among the beaches the most suggestive is that of Trentova. The cove of San Francesco is also of great value.
Excursions are possible in the area. Of great interest are those on Mount Tresino or along the coast, in Unesco heritage areas.
From the historical point of view, they are the churches of Agropoli. The largest, outside the historic center, is that of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
The ancient village, on the other hand, is accessed via suggestive staircases with a breathtaking view of the port and the Gulf of Salerno. Once you reach the top, you pass under an ancient two-arched portal surmounted by the coat of arms of the Sanfelice family. The historic center with its narrow streets is of great beauty: visit the churches of Madonna di Costantinopoli and of SS. Peter and Paul. Once you reach the top of the hill, you can visit the Angevin-Aragonese castle that dominates the city.
The town, where some tombs predating the Byzantine period were recently found, also houses the medieval ruins of San Francesco's monastery, and the Churches of the Holy Mary of Constantinople (16th century), San Marco, and San Francesco. The beaches of Trentova Bay contribute to make Agropoli an important seaside resort.
The Angevin-Aragonese castle, which was built on the 6th century Byzantine foundations, still stands on top of the promontory. It has a triangular plan with three circular towers and a moat. To the west of the modern tourist harbour is another small promontory, on which the coastal tower of San Francesco (16th century) stands next to the much altered remains of the convent of the same name.
In the Municipal Antiquarian, there is a sizeable collection of archaeological finds, representing life in the area from prehistoric to medieval times.