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Ancient Asini

Ancient Asini is an archaeological site located on a headland at the end of the coast of Tolo. The site is famous for being mentioned in Homer's Iliad, as a place where Myceanean boats left for Troy and for a poem written by Nobel Prize winner G. Seferis "The King of Asini". Fortifications were restored during the Byzantine era and the Venetian occupation. The ruins of the Acropolis are still visible even after much destruction by the Argives and Italians during the Italian occupation. The archaeological site has been recently renovated and has a digital presentation which gives much information and allows the visitor to imagine what the original Acropolis was like.

Kastraki, or the Citadel of Ancient Assini (Acropolis), sits on a hill giving beautiful views of Tolo bay and the Plaka beach in Drepano.

From the 5th millennium BC up to about 600 AD, the citadel was continuously inhabited, but the first citation to Assini was made ​​by Homer in 560 BC, indicating that Argos, Tiryns, Epidaurus and other cities of the Argolida participated in the Trojan war with a large number of ships (80).

The first excavations of the Acropolis and Lower Town were accomplished by the Swedish Archaeological Expedition (1922-1930) and continued in the 1970s by The Conservation Unity of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquity and the Swedish Institute in Athens.