Agropoli has a very interesting history, which is reflected in its perfectly conserved historic centre. The promontory on which Agropoli stands has probably been inhabited since Neolithic times. The town’s ancient centre, which is reached through a monumental 6th-century gate, is a collection of alleys, small houses cut into the rocks and flights of steps that seem to dive down into the sea. The town’s castle was built in the 6th century AD.
Here we find two more important religious monuments: the 17th-century church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, protector of fishermen, which in the month of July is the destination for a procession that crosses the town carrying the statue of the Madonna from the sea, and the church dedicated to San Pietro and San Paolo, which is from the same period as the church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli and which was built on early Christian foundations. Outside the walls of the fortified town, almost at the border with Paestum, a watchtower was built in the 16th century (Aragonese period), which has been perfectly preserved.
The tower stands close to the ruins of the Franciscan convent, built in 1230 and which has been added to the church dedicated to the saint of Assisi in recent times. The municipal ‘Antiquarium’, a museum that houses classical antiquities, which is located outside the old centre, is certainly worth a visit. It houses many archaeological finds, from prehistoric to medieval times.
Agropoli is visited every year by thousands of tourists, who crowd the beaches in the period between May and September, particularly the beautiful Baia di Trentova, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Trentova can be reached from the nearby San Francesco beach, to the south east of the tourist port. Moving further on towards Castellabate, one comes across the breathtakingly beautiful areas of Scoglio del Sale and Punta Tresino.
Although they are less enchanting, the beaches that begin at the Aragonese watchtower and run along the San Marco seafront to the west of the tourist port have a certain appeal. Agropoli also welcomes pleasure boating. Today its tourist port, one of the largest in Campania in terms of number of berths and infrastructure, is a point of reference for thousands of Italian and foreign yachtsmen who travel the Naples – Salerno – Sapri – Maratea -Aeolian Islands route and others who intend to make excursions to major tourist centres on the Cilentan coast.