About This Project
Itilo is a historic village in Mani, amphitheatrically built on the west shore of the gorge that separates Mesa Mani from Messinian Mani and overlooks the bays of Limeni and Tsipa. The name of the settlement came either from the mythical hero Itilos from Argos or from King Itilos or Vitilos from Biotia.
Homer mentions in Iliad that Itilo belonged to the kingdom of Menelaus, participated in the Trojan War and it was one of the cities that Agamemnon offered to Achilles as a present, in exchange for his participation in the Trojan War campaign. During the Byzantine Empire, it was the seaport of the castle-estate of Mystras. Around 1670, many local families immigrated to Italy, like the Giatriani family in Tuscany and the Komnini in Genoa, while members of both families settled in Corsica. Wander in the small, narrow streets of the village, see the traditional stone houses, enjoy the view of the bay from the church of Virgin Mary’s Dormition, sip your coffee in a cozy café and do not forget to visit the Byzantine church of Jesus the Savior that leads to the beach of Tsipa.