The Ancient Heart of Agropoli



From the saracen gate to the angevin-aragonese castle: a walking tour of Agropoli's ancient center

  • La salita a gradoni e la porta monumentale seicentesca all'ingresso del centro storico di Agropoli
  • Le mura del Castello di Agropoli
  • La vista panoramica dal promontorio di Agropoli
  •  La panchina tricolore in piazza Luisa Sanfelice per ricordare un'eroina della Repubblica Napoletana
  • La Chiesa della Madonna di Costantinopoli di Agropoli
  • All'interno del Castello di Agropoli
  • All'ingresso del Castello di Agropoli
  • La veduta panoramica del Golfo di Salerno dal Castello di Agropoli

Authentic experience in the historic village of Agropoli: narrow streets, medieval churches, ancient buildings and squares with views of the Gulf of Salerno

The ancient part of Agropoli rises on the highest part of the city, on a promontory overlooking the Gulf of Salerno and the surrounding territories. The main entrance to the village is at the end of Corso Garibaldi, along a flight of steps that leads to a monumental seventeenth-century gate (Saracen Gate). Irregular in shape, surmounted by five battlements and with a marble coat of arms of the Dukes Delli Monti Sanfelice, the Saracen Gate is today the symbol of the city. Before entering the walls, there is the square dedicated to Luisa Sanfelice and a tricolor bench (bench of love) to remember a heroine of the Neapolitan Republic. Here you can already enjoy a taste of the panorama that the village offers. Crossing the entrance, you enter between suggestive streets, old houses and medieval churches (the Church of the Madonna of Constantinople and the Church of Saints Peter and Paul) until you reach the Angevin-Aragonese Castle. A plant that dates back to the Byzantines, which has been renovated several times: first by the Normans, then by the Sanseverinos in the 15th century and finally by Napoleon Bonaparte, who had it occupied by the military genius. The important transformations assumed over the centuries have given it its present triangular shape with three circular towers at the vertices. Today the Castle is a place of considerable historical interest to visit and is also the scene of cultural events. Every year, for the whole month of September, it hosts the exhibition dedicated to the book and publishing "September Cultural at the Castle". The village is still inhabited today, with local businesses where you can stop for a pizza or for a drink with friends.

In the heart of the ancient village of Agropoli, you can also discover the authenticity of Cilento cuisine. Numerous traditional restaurants and trattorias offer delicious dishes prepared with fresh and genuine ingredients. You can taste local specialties such as Cilento pizza, dishes based on freshly caught fish, and delicious homemade pasta. A meal in one of these restaurants is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself completely in the culture and flavors of Agropoli. In addition, during your visit to the Angevin-Aragonese Castle, in addition to exploring the history and architecture of this fascinating place, you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view that extends over the Gulf of Salerno and the surrounding territories. It is an ideal place to take stunning photographs and appreciate the beauty of the Cilento landscapes. Agropoli is a destination that combines history, culture, cuisine, and stunning landscapes, offering visitors a variety of unique experiences to discover. In the ancient village of Agropoli, you can find bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals that offer an authentic atmosphere and welcoming hospitality. These accommodation options allow visitors to immerse themselves completely in the life of the village and live an authentic experience. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family stay, there are accommodation solutions to suit every need. Staying in a local establishment will allow you to experience the ancient village in a more intimate way and appreciate its beauty and authenticity to the fullest.

Where to stay in Agropoli

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  • - Guests: 8
  • - Dist. from the beach (m.): 300
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  • - Balcony with sea view
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  • minibar
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The Ancient Heart of Agropoli: useful information

The Castle of Agropoli is a popular tourist destination in the Cilento National Park. The castle was built in the 14th century by the Aragonese rulers of Naples and has been renovated several times over the centuries. Today, the castle is open to the public for visits and hosts a variety of cultural events. The cost of admission to the castle is two euros. Tickets can be purchased at the castle entrance. The castle is open every day, but the hours of operation vary depending on the season. In autumn and winter, the castle is open from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, the castle is open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. In summer, the castle is open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM, all day long. In Piazza della Repubblica, there is a multilingual information point that provides information on the attractions of Agropoli. The information point is open from June to September. A free shuttle service connects the center of Agropoli with the historic center and the castle. The shuttle service operates every day from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The departure point is the "Landolfi" parking lot.

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Geographic location

If you are traveling to Agropoli by train, the nearest train station is Agropoli-Castellabate. The station is located in the center of town, about 1.5 km from the historic center. If you are traveling to Agropoli by car, the best way to get there is to take the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway. Take the Battipaglia exit and then follow the SS 18 in the direction of Agropoli. The drive from the motorway to Agropoli takes about 30 minutes. The SS 18 is a major highway that runs along the coast of southern Italy. It is well-maintained and easy to drive. Once you arrive in Agropoli, you can park your car in one of the many parking lots in the center of town. From there, it is a short walk to the historic center.

Distance from Salerno: 49 km, approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes by car
Railway station: Agropoli, 1.5 km

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Cilento is a region rich in natural landscapes and history, and its villages are a testimony to its beauty. There are towns on the sea, such as Acciaroli, Palinuro and Marina di Camerota, where it is possible to enjoy the beach and the crystal clear sea. Other towns such as Castellabate, Casal Velino and Pollica are located on the hills and offer breathtaking panoramic views of the coast.

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