The name Agropoli means „high town“, thus called by the Byzantines, who built a fortification there around 500 AD. The steeply dropping headland offered excellent protection against raids. Evidence of the fact that the town was even in the hands of the Saracens for some time is given today by the minaret-form of some of the houses’ chimneys.
It is through the 17th century town gate „Porta Aragonese“ that you enter the charming Old Town of Agropoli with its appealing, picturesque small alleys. The coat of arms of the noble Sanfelice family, once masters of the town, adorns this striking gate with its five pinnacles.
Below Porta Aragonese, lies Piazza Vittorio Veneto, designed in the 19th century and lined by lovely cafés and bars. Following the winding roads up to the highest point of the medieval town, you pass rustic trattorias and, at the end of your walk, you are rewarded with a terrific panorama.
That is when you have also reached the medieval, 15th century Angioino Aragonese castle, which was built on the remains of a heathen temple. Nowadays, the castle is a popular location for concerts, theater performances and markets, especially during the summer months. Those who love culture should stop by Palazzo Civico delle Arti, where temporary art exhibitions have been taking place since 2011 and which houses a collection of archaeological finds from Hellenic times.
From the harbor at the foot of the Old Town, a footpath runs along the coastal road to bathing bay „Baia di Trentova“. With its white sandy beach it is considered Agropoli’s most beautiful bay of and is therefore much frequented during the summer months. On a clear day, you even enjoy a marvelous view of Capri, Ischia and the Amalfi coast.
From Baia di Trentova, a nicely laid-out hiking trail leads to Punta Tresino. The coastal nature reserve stretches as far as Santa Maria di Castellabate. At Punta Tresino, a small headland, you can, once more, enjoy incomparable panoramas towards the north and the south.
An excursion into the hinterland, towards Trentinara and Giungano, does have its charms, especially in summer. Gole di Tremonti, for example, awaits hikers. According to legend, it was in the gorge that rebellious Spartacus met his death. At the mountain villages, you can take part in charming village festivals like Festa della Pana or Festa dell’antica Pizza cilentana. For more information about these and other festivals, have a look at our Calendar of events.
Nearest train station: Agropoli-Castellabate.