Itilo is a beautiful village of Lakonia, 82 km from Sparta. Administratively it belongs to the homonym municipality (the municipality was named after this historic village). It is located 7 km northwards of Areopolis.
Itilo village was named after the homonym mythic hero from Argos, the son of Amfianakta. According to historic sources, the region is inhabited since ancient times.
Homer mentions it as part of Menelaos kingdom. Stravon names it Vytilo, while Pausanias considers it as one of the most important cities in “Kino Eleftherolakonon”.
In the region are found the remains of ancient monuments and inscriptions. Especially the area around the beach, where according to historians was the temple of Serapida.
During the period of the Turkish Rule important families like the Komnini and Mediki or Giatriani came to Itilo.
In 1770, Theodoros Orlof, the Admiral of the Russian Fleet, came in Itilo and started the 1770 Revolution (Orlofika) along with the Mavromihali family and the residents of Mani. The homonym convention was signed at the Monastery of Ntekoulou or Dekoulou.
The village is built upon a hill. The residents work with tourism and fishing.
Neo Itilo has a magnificent beach with an endless golden shore and crystal clear waters. It attracts many tourists, especially during summer period.
Really impressive are the temples of Saint Georgios, of the Transfiguration, of the Dormition, of the Taxiarhes as and the Monastery of Dekoulou or Ntekoulou with well-preserved frescoes.
Itilo has many busy as and isolated beaches where you can enjoy your swim. Right in front of the village is the beach of Karavostasi. A beautiful beach with crystal clear waters.
You can also swim at the beaches of Arfigga and Hotasia. Two quiet beaches that gather a lot of tourists.