AGROPOLI

It rises in the vicinities of the National Park of the Cilento, in a coastal zone that turned out already inhabited in prehistoric time.

Surely the Greeks who founded Paestum had in the bay trading interests with the italic populations. They called the place Petra building up a temple consecrated to the cult of Artemis.
In Roman age the port was known with the name of Ercola and commercially flourished from the I cent. BC to the end of the Roman Empire (V cent. AD) together with the decline of the port of Paestum, ran aground for the bradyseism of the area.
With the end of the Empire and the advent of Goths and Vandals, the inhabitants sheltered themselves on the cape that was later fortified by the Bizantins who gave to it the name of Akropolis: city located up.
With the arrival of the Longobards in Campania region and the fall of Paestum, Acropoli became an episcopal center flourishing under the Byzantin dominion until the 882 when it was conquered by Saracens becoming one of their bases for the numerous incursions in the territory until the 915, year in which returned to the bishops who managed it for centuries, both under the Svevians and the Angioins.
In 1412 Pope Gregorio XII it yielded it to the king Ladislao di Durazzo as a payment for war debits.
Agropoli
then knew the lordship of many families until it passed to the Sanfelice Dukes in 1660 who held it until 1806.
From this moment it followed the same historical destiny of the city of Naples.

Agropoli is approached through a door (XVII cent.) that opens along the defensive town-walls. Characteristic in the village is also the presence of the "scaloni's ascent".
Finally you reach the Castle with triangular plan and 3 circular towers, result of the historical architectonic evolution of the first Byzantin castle (VI cent.).

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