The town of Agerola, surrounded by the green hills of Monti Lattari, is considered to be the land of Gods and the balcony on the Amalfi Coast. In fact Agerola is a starting point for tourist excursions from where you can reach the main attractions of the Amalfi Coast (Amalfi and Positano) and the Sorrento Coast (Sorrento, Punta Campanella and Baia di Ieranto) by walking along the ancient paths of the Gods which stood in the Greek era (path of the Gods, path of the Ferriere and path of the Fonti). Agerola is famous for its gastronomic tradition, thanks to its outstanding farming products, among them the famous Piennolo cherry tomatoes. The tomato cultivation is a very ancient activity in this geographical area and it begins every year in May while the harvesting takes place in August, because Agerola is 600 a.s.l. and all farming products acquire a unique and intense flavour thanks to the extraordinary temperature value of about 10 ° C between night and day.
The Agerola cherry tomatoes can be preserved in the same way as Piennolo tomatoes by fastening together grapes of ripe cherry tomatoes to form about one meter long “piennoli” which are then hung in airy rooms for about six months allowing tomatoes to get a savoury taste although they lose some of their turgidity.
The Agerola cherry tomatoes benefit from the protected designation of origin status (DE.CO.) as they fulfill all the necessary requirements imposed by the legislative guidelines for cultivating, processing and preserving tomatoes. The allowed tomato varieties are represented by local ecotypes which are traditionally cultivated in the area of Monti Lattari and their names are inspired by the popular tradition: Macerata, Patanara, Corbarino, Cannellina, Riccia.