Ancient Asini was an important coastal town situated near the modern town of Tolo. Asini was a significant Mycenaean settlement, and its origins can be traced back to around 1200 BCE during the Late Bronze Age. The town played a strategic role in the region’s trade and maritime activities, given its proximity to the Argolic Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea. The Mycenaean people of Asini were skilled seafarers and merchants, which contributed to the town’s prosperity.
Asini is also notable for its archaeological remains, including its acropolis and fortifications. The Mycenaean walls and defensive structures in Asini were constructed with large stone blocks, reminiscent of the Cyclopean architecture seen in other Mycenaean sites. These fortifications provide valuable insights into the military and architectural prowess of the Mycenaean civilization. Asini’s historical importance continued into the classical and Hellenistic periods, with the town being mentioned by ancient writers like Pausanias. The archaeological excavations at Asini have helped to shed light on the maritime and trading aspects of Mycenaean culture in this region.