The Amalfi Coast, running from Positano to Vietri Sul Mare, is a popular tourist destination that, despite its summer popularity, is totally worth a visit in September. In September you can catch the warmest weather outside of the peak tourist season. Add in fewer crowds and lower prices, and you can’t go wrong with September!
The coastal towns of the Amalfi Coast offer wonderful opportunities for beach combing, hiking, and boat rides. Mysterious sea caves, ancient forests, and beautiful viewpoints abound! September is an ideal time to make the most of all this region has to offer.
Ready to learn how to make the most of a visit to The Amalfi Coast in all of September weather’s glory? Let’s take a look!
How Is The Weather on the Amalfi Coast in September
Visiting the Amalfi coast in September, you’ll find temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit – warmer at the start of the month, and closer to 70 as October approaches. The summer warmth still lingers in the September weather on the Amalfi coast, but there’s a bit of relief in the evenings as fall brings in cooler air.
Days will be getting a bit shorter, but will still be long enough for relaxing and adventuring, with about 12 hours between sunrise and sunset. The beaches face southeast so will be shady in the afternoons as the sun passes over the land, but mornings at the beach still have the possibility of catching lots of sun.
Pros and Cons: What are the Advantages of Visiting the Amalfi Coast in September?
September is a great time to visit the Amalfi coast! The peak tourist season is ending so the summer crowds start to fade, so the ambiance is more peaceful on the beaches, streets, and restaurants. While the crowds decline, the weather stays pleasant: temperatures remain in the 70s and 80s during the day. School resumes for Italian children in the second week of September, so Italian tourist crowds will decline as well.
4 Things to See and Do on the Amalfi Coast September
1. Visit the Coastal Towns
There are lots of gorgeous Amalfi coastal towns and September is the perfect time to find less crowds, gorgeous weather, and lower rates! Their ports and marinas offer convenient focal points for sightseeing, shopping, beach visits, dining, and just generally exploring the town during the charming late summer air of September. The towns can be visited by car or boat, but most of their centers are off-limits to motor vehicles.
Famous for its lemon trees, Sorrento is located between the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, and thus offers an entry point to the region called the coast. It boasts views of the bay and Mount Vesuvius and is considered more economical than other towns in the area for both accommodations and dining, though. Amalfi, the town for which the coastline is named, was one of Italy’s four “maritime republics” since the Middle Ages (along with Venice, Pisa, Ancona, Gaeta, and Genova). In the town center, don’t miss the Duomo, the Fountain of Sant’Andrea, and the paper (yes, paper!) museum.
Positano and Amalfi both boast impressive fortresses and watch towers. Positano’s Spiaggia Grande is one of the largest and most famous beaches of the Amalfi coast. Legend has it that the town came to be because a ship ran into stormy weather near Positano, and the captain heard a painting of the Virgin Mary – reportedly stolen – onboard call out “posa, posa,” (“put me down”). He took this as a directive to either drop her into the sea, from where she washed ashore, or deliver her to land directly. Either way, she arrived at the town now called Positano (after “posa”), thus considered her chosen home, and the ship was spared.
2. Relax on the Beaches
Beaches on the Amalfi coast offer an appealing combination of luxury, relaxation, and adventure. In September they will be less crowded, but still with plenty of chance for sun in the morning. Tordigliano Beach near Positano is a hidden gem, quite literally: it’s not visible from the road. The path to the beach is one of tranquil Mediterranean nature.
The smaller beach can be reached after 15 minutes on foot, the bigger beach is just another 15 minutes further. Marina Grande in Amalfi, is truly a large beach: it runs 84 meters long and up to 40 wide! It can draw huge crowds in the summer, so September is a great time to relax in its worldly seashore ambiance. Praiano’s Gavitella Beach is well-positioned to make the most of the hours of sunlight each day, seeing more direct light than other areas on the coast. The views offer a broad sweep of the coast, the Li Galli archipelago, and the island of Capri.
3. Go Hiking on the Wildest Trails
Hiking the Alamfi coast is a spectacular use of September’s great weather and quieter atmosphere. The Path of the Gods, a hike that starts inland and ends over the coastal towns of Positano and Praiano, is arguably the most popular hike on the Amalfi coast, and for good reason: its incredible views of the entire peninsula will take your breath away. Starting from Bomerano and ending in Nocelle, the path is about 3.5 miles, you can also continue on to Positano for about another mile.
Another great choice is the Valley of the Ironworks, which offers a magical and unique microbiome that creates a strong contrast to the usual dry Mediterranean climate. The Canneto River runs through the Valle delle Ferriere, and offers rivers, creeks, and waterfalls. It also powered mills that made paper, which you can learn more about the history of at the Paper Mill Museum in Amalfi. You can hike to the valley from Amalfi, Agerola, and Pontone, the trails are well-marked.
There is also a nature reserve in the center of the valley. Montepertuso, literally “pierced rock,” is a small and ancient village in the hills in the northern part of Positano which is easily reached on foot from the center of Positano. Legend has it that Montepertuso was the site of a battle between good and evil (contemporarily, the Virgin Mary and the devil), and holes in the wall in the shape of a snake and the Virgin Mary’s finger attest to the story. From Montepertuso, you can also reach trails headed into the Lattari Mountains.
4. Take a Tour
Boat and driving tours are a popular way to see the Amalfi coast, and September is a perfect time to get lower rates, smaller groups, and comfortable weather. Here are a couple of great options!
Capri “All Inclusive” Boat Tour + City Visit – This tour offers a visit to “all the corners of paradise, caves and coves, bays, ravines, and the famous Faraglioni stacks.” They include swimming, brunch, toasts and aperitifs, an open bar, fruit, and swimming equipment. This is a group tour with a maximum of 12 people included, and they also offer transportation between your hotel and the meeting point.
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento – Take a pleasant drive of the Amalfi coast: this tour drives from Li Galli to Ravello, with stops in Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello and time to explore each town. If the weather is good, this trip also includes a boat ride from Positano to Amalfi (group tour only). This group, which includes a maximum of 12 people, starts from a central meeting point (the private tour offers hotel pick-up).
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Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast in September
Just 2.2 mi from Tramonti,the comfortably rustic B&B Farfalle E Gabbiani offers a gorgeous terrace view of vineyards and chestnut trees. The B&B is also close to a bus stop to access beaches and Naples via public transport.
Adults-Only Hotel with a Pool and Terrace
Sea Views in Positano
The mood is perfect at Casa Nilde – seaside views, balconies, and bright color schemes. Close to the sea and to the center of Positano, this B&B is located near shops, restaurants, and bars.
What to Wear at the Amalfi Coast in September?
If you visit the Amalfi coast in September, plan like you would for a mild summer. September brings the heat up to the 80s in the middle of the day but with cooler nights. Layers are your friend: a light jacket or a shawl/scarf can make the transition between the weather easy. Rain is possible, so tossing a raincoat or umbrella in your bag for the day is wise.
What to Pack When Visiting the Amalfi Coast in September?
Light, breathable clothes will keep you comfortable in the sun, and a sun hat or sunglasses will keep your eyes comfortably stylish in the bright light – and don’t forget the sunscreen. In case of a little rain, a light, packing-friendly jacket will save the day.
Shoes that are comfortable enough for walking are key, and bonus points if they can transition easily from town to mountains to sea! The same goes for a bag: something that can carry everything you need for the beach and adventures in town or mountains.
Lastly, a camera is a great addition. Cell phone cameras are powerful, but the quality and capabilities of a modern DSLR or a mirrorless camera can’t be beaten.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Amalfi Coast in September
Is September a Good Time to Go to the Amalfi Coast?
Totally! Crowds are slowing down, prices are low, and the weather is pleasant.
Is it Warm enough to Swim at Amalfi Coast in September?
Yup! It may not be the kind of heat that leaves you desperate for a dive in the sea, but the weather is comfortable enough for swimming to be pleasant.
How Busy is Amalfi Coast in Late September?
The Amalfi coast is not very busy at all in late September. You’ll escape the summer rush without suffering many different temperatures.