Quietly overlooking the Cilentan coast, Agropoli, whose name is derived from "Akropolis", which in Greek means "city built at the top", was once known as Ercula, a name it received to honor Hercules. One of Agropoli's main attractions is its large port, where tourists can take one of several ferries to Capri, Naples, Salerno, and other Italian destinations. This port is also one of the largest in Salerno and the first one built in Cilento. It is only a few minutes away from the historic part of town, which makes it a favorite point of arrival for tourists.
The preservation of Agropoli's medieval layout, together with its privileged position with a fabulous view of the ocean, make it one of the most charming locations of Cilento. Because the area has been inhabited by humans since the Neolithic, the vast archeological collection of the Municipal Antiquarian is one of the city's most popular attractions. Churches dating back to the Byzantine period, together with the monastery, have turned Agropoli into a town in which the wonders of the early medieval era can be admired in their original setting.
Agropoli is also a paradise for those who enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling, but one of the favorite activities of both locals and visitors is enjoying the beautiful beaches of Trentova Bay, all of which have ensured Agropoli's designation as one of the most enjoyable seaside resorts in that part of Italy.
One of the greatest nighttime attractions of Agropoli is the lighted buildings of the historic center. These soft yellow street lights grant the buildings a charming outline against the darkness of the bay. Many have fallen in love as they sit at the tables of the cafés in the square as they overlook the ocean amidst the architecture of times gone by. Making Agropoli one of the most charming and delightful places to visit in Salerno and Italy itself.