What is the Best Time to Visit the Amalfi Coast?
When you’re planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, you probably wonder what the best time to visit is. I thought about that as well before our trip to Italy and did some research.
What is the Best Time to Visit the Amalfi Coast? Between May and June, it’s the best time to plan a visit to the Amalfi Coast. The weather is between 71 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Precipitation is low, which means more sunlight and less rain. The tourist season is not at his peak yet, prices are more affordable, and it is less crowded.
Below I will tell you more about the things to do and best places to visit along the Amalfi Coast, how many days you’ll need for your visit and, how it’s like visiting other times of the year.
Travel seasons for the Amalfi Coast
So we already told you that the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is between May and June. You can enjoy good weather and the tourist season is not on his peak yet. However, visiting the Amalfi Coast during other times of the year can also be a great experience.
Low Season (October – March)
During this fall and winter period, it’s not a good time to visit the Amalfi Coast. The weather is bad. There will be lots of rainfall, storms, and low temperatures. Sometimes roads between the villages will be blocked because of mudslides.
Many restaurants and bars will close for this period. The coastline is at his best when during spring and summer. When you can enjoy the best views and visit the beautiful gardens in Ravello. However, when you are looking for a budget chance to visit the Amalfi coast, this is probably the period where you’ll find the cheapest offers for flights and hotels.
Middle Season (April – June)
This is the best season to visit the Amalfi Coast. Starting from April every year the weather gets better and better. Rain precipitation gets lower, and temperatures rise. Restaurants and bars start to open again. Between May and June, it is the best time the visit to Amalfi Coast. Nature flourish, and flowers in the gardens are blooming.
Its a wonderful time to hike along the coastline and enjoy the beauty of nature. During this period it is not too busy yet, and prices are still affordable because it is not high season.
High Season (July – September)
During these three months, the tourist season reaches its peak. Not only in the crowds, but also the prices will rise. The weather is at his best regarding sun hours and less rain. It can be between 89 and 93 Fahrenheit.
While most people will visit the Amalfi Coast during this period, it is not the best period to visit. But when you are bounded to specific periods where you can enjoy your holiday, you’ll probably end up visiting this coastline during its peak period.
Budget tips during High Season
You probably wonder how you can keep your budget in line during this expensive period. Don’t spend your money in the popular villages. Here are some tips on how to manage that!
- Don’t eat at the popular villages
There are many small villages along the coast which you’ll pass on your road trip to the big villages Amalfi, Rovalla and Positano.
When your stopping for a coffee, lunch or dinner at the smaller villages you’ll definitely pay a lot less.
- Don’t sleep in the popular villages
Hotels and guesthouses are fairly overpriced in this period. It’s better to search for a place to stay a bit further away from the most popular towns. This will save you a lot of money which you can spend in other ways on your trip. If you’re planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast at this moment, make sure to use our planning recourses, these will help you find everything you’ll need.
- Pack your lunch and go for a picnic
You’ll find many small shops where you can buy all the ingredients for a proper Italian lunch. At way lower prices then you’ll pay in the restaurants. So prepare your own lunch and find a great spot along the road where you can enjoy your lunch and the beautiful coastline.
Best Things to do Along the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast consists of many small villages that are all connected. So a visit to the Amalfi Coast will be a road trip along with these beautiful coastline villages.
It’s a bit obvious but let’s start with visiting the village Amalfi, it’s the where the coastline gets his name from. Amalfi is an old village which had its heyday during the 9th and 11th century. The village had a big role in maritime trade.
Amalfi village resides on a steep cliff which makes walking around the village and enjoying the views along the beautiful coastline a pleasure.
Make sure that you visit the Amalfi Cathedral; Duomo di Sant’Andrea. You can’t miss it because it is the main attraction in the village. You can walk up the Duomo and see the coastline from another perspective.
A few kilometers further down the coast you’ll find the village Ravello. Another famous village of the Amalfi Coast. Ravello is known for its beautiful garden terraces looking out over the sea. Also, it hosts the Ravello Music Festival (also known as Wagner Festival); A classical music and arts festival, which attracts visitors and artists from all over the world.
The festival takes place between June and September. Almost everyday there are different performances.
When you’re not visiting the festival, Ravello is an amazing place to wander around. Make sure to visit Vila Rufolo, its the main attraction of this village. Here you find the beautiful garden terraces looking out over the sea. Also, it has several other monuments and a museum. You can easily spend a few hours here!
Yet another village along this beautiful coastline. Positano is not just a village. Its the place everyone wants to visit during their trip to the Amalfi Coast. Positano is great for afternoon shopping souvenirs at the boutique shops, enjoying the views of the pastel-colored houses.
You’ll find many restaurants in this village, so it is also one of the best places to enjoy a late Italian dinner.
Positano is loved by many travelers. This small village offers it all, great for shopping, eating and drinking and enjoying the culture. But also it is great for hiking or an enjoyable day at the beach.
For many people, Sorrento will be their starting point for their trip along the Amalfi Coast. It is the main hub where you’ll arrive when traveling by ferry. Driving from Naples for example, you’ll probably cross Sorrento as well. From here it is effortless to reach the other villages along the Amalfi Coast.
Sorrento is much busier than the other cities and officially it is not part of the Amalfi Coast. The city is located on the other side of the peninsula. The historical center is amazing for a day visit with its narrow streets and famous 14th-century church; Chiesa di San Francesc
How many days for the Amalfi Coast?
Planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast takes a bit of preparation. The days you’ll spend along this coastline will depend on your personal interests. Many people plan 2-3 days for their visit. You can also see everything in one day, but that will be a busy day. We recommend planning at least 3 days and when you have time even 4 days at the Amalfi Coast. In this way, you’ll have enough time to enjoy everything, and you don’t have to rush.
One day Itinerary Amalfi Coast
When you only have one day to visit the coastline we recommend to plan your day as follows;
- Go to a local shop and buy lunch and maybe some wine for your picnic
- Positano – Arrive: 09:00 – 09:30 AM
Start your day at Positano. Make sure you arrive early in the morning and start with a coffee in one of the restaurants.
After your coffee, you’ll have time to explore this village.
- Amalfi – Arrive: 12:30 PM
It’s about an hour drive from Positano to Amalfi. You can also take public transport, which takes an hour as well.
Make sure you’ll leave Positano somewhere around 11:30 AM.
Visit the Duomo, and when you have good weather take a refreshing dive in the sea.
- Lunch – 2:00 PM
An Italian lunch is a bit late, so after you swim in the sea, find a nice spot where you can relax and enjoy your freshly made lunch.
- Ravello – Arrive 3:30 PM
It’s a very short drive from Amalfi to Ravello. It will take you about 20 minutes. So it’s very straightforward to reach this village after lunch.
Depending on where you’re staying you can choose to have dinner in one of the villages or drive back to your accommodation. When you have time in your one day visit, it’s very nice to stay during the evening on the Amalfi Coast. You’ll get a different vibe in the villages.
As you can see in the Itinerary a one day visit to the Amalfi Coast is very short. When you offer yourself a few more days you enjoy this beautiful part of Italy in the fullest. And depending on the time of the year you might even visit a concert during the Wagner Festival.
Where do I fly into to visit the Amalfi Coast? The closest airports to the Amalfi Coast are Rome and Naples. Rome has two international airports and most of the time it’s cheaper to fly into Rome then Naples. You can easily reach the Amalfi Coast from both cities. Rome is around 4 hours drive and Naples around 1.5 hours.
Where does the Amalfi Coast starts and ends? The Amalfi Coast begins at Punta Campenella, the most southwestern point of the Peninsula, and ends Vietri Sul Mare. The Amalfi Drive (Road; SS163) connects all the villages along the coast.