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40°21.3′N, 14°59′E Chart icon.png
The harbour of Agropoli from N

The town and port of Agropoli lie on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy some 27 miles SSE of Salerno and six miles S of the World Heritage Site of Paestum. The town developed during the late Roman period, largely due to the silting up of the ancient Greek harbour of Poseidonia (subsequently renamed Paestum by the Romans). The site was originally fortified as a harbour by the Byzantines in the 6th century AD. The naturally well-protected town passed through a succession of hands (including Saracens from North Africa) until Italian unification in the 19th century. Today its small harbour is a useful port of call for cruising yachts wishing to visit the ruins of Paestum.


British Admiralty


Winds along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW seabreeze that kicks in in late morning and blows at little more than Force 2 - 4 until the evening. Thundery conditions are not infrequent during early Spring and Autumn, and associated winds can sometimes reach gale force and kick up a substantial sea. In winter, gales can blow from both NW and S and entry to and exit from some of the harbours along the coast can become hazardous.

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The harbour of Agropoli lies immediately W of a high bluff on which the old town is built. An old lighthouse atop a square crenellated tower is conspicuous half a mile ENE of the entrance. The harbour is entered from NE.


Five pontoons have been laid out from the harbour mole in depths of 5.0 - 6.0 metres and a further eight from the quay along the shore in depths of 1.0 - 3.0 metres. The pontoons are effectively reserved for private berthholders and members of the Italian Lega Navale. The transit berths are at the end of the breakwater, where you will need to anchor moor stern or bows-to the quay. There is space for up to 15 yachts here, maximum length 50 metres. Shelter is reasonably good in all winds except NE.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



None. Anchoring in or near the harbour is forbidden.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.


Fixed (30 T) and mobile (10 T) cranes. Some basic repairs. Divers.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station on the quay (0800 - 2000). Some water and electrical points.

Things to do Ashore


The mediaeval old town, full of steep, narrow alleys, is fun to explore. At the top is the town’s castle, constructed in the 16th century on Byzantine foundations. There are some pleasant walks along the coast, with views as far as Vesuvius on a clear day. But the chief attraction of Agropoli is the nearby site of Paestum six miles to the north, with its superb 5th and 6th century BC temples and excellent museum containing fascinating tomb paintings from the late Lucanian civilisation, including the well-known ‘Tomb of the Diver’ featuring a symbolic ‘dive’ into the afterlife, and several carved metopes from the Temple of Hera.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Supermarket and other shops up in the town.


Bars and restaurants up in the town.




Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

Bins near the harbour.


List transportation (local and/or international.)


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


References & Publications

See Italy.


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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible) --Athene of Lymington 16:14, 16 December 2010 (UTC)

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