What’s the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast? Its unique blend of naturalistic, cultural, and historical peculiarities ensures there’s always something to discover, no matter the season. Based along the Tyrrhenian coast, this gem is considered a significant part of the World Heritage with its 11.231 hectares rich in fauna and mostly flora. From suggestive landscapes and sandy beaches to dreamy rooftops and local markets, this place is surely a one-of-a-kind experience for ‘dolce vita’ buffs, each season of the year.
The Amalfi Coast, commonly known as “Divine Coast” (from Italian “Costa Divina”), is always a surprise with its suggestive monuments, typically Italian villages and places of worship overlooking the Neapolitan shoreline, whether it’s the cold or hot season. Indeed, you can reach this area anytime because of its constant mild temperatures, salty air, and budget-friendly adventures (especially in autumn/winter), but also for its entertaining parties or social experiences available during spring/summer time.
Keep reading the article to find out where to stay, what the weather looks like, and when you should visit the Amalfi Coast based on your needs.
Climate and Weather on the Amalfi Coast
Usually, the marvelous Amalfi Coast has a Mediterranean climate. This is why, it is very common to have hot and dry summers with totally unbearable temperatures, fresh and sunny springs but also rainy winters. Indeed, during cold days, the average rainfall can reach up to 525 mm because of multiple thunderstorms and atmospheric phenomena, which tend to be more frequent between December and February.
If you wish to be sunkissed, August is definitely the right time to go there with an average temperature of 105 °F (40°C). Lovely blooming vegetation, which surrounds main cities like Amalfi, Sorrento, and Capri will instantly amaze you.
The Best Time to Visit the Amalfi Coast
Summer – from June to August
If you are planning on coming to the Amalfi Coast, from June to August, it is fundamental to be aware that famous spots will be fully overcrowded because of the high season and for its temperatures, which will rise up to 110°F, being suitable for bathing and relaxing in beach clubs.
During these days, we recommend you wear light linen clothes and a hat to avoid sunstroke. Moreover, don’t forget the following items while packing:
- A swimsuit;
- A jacket to wear in the evening (when it’s colder out there);
- Sunscreen and mosquito repellent;
- Sneakers or Rubber shoes to walk on rocks safely.
Additionally to visiting the most iconic seaside areas, we suggest you go to Villa Rufolo (the ticket costs about 7$), the Museum of Coral (the ticket is free) in Ravello or visit the Faraglioni Rocks in Capri by booking a private boat tour (prices can reach up to 70$ per person).
Insider Tip: If you are looking for a suggestive diving experience, take a look at the maritime Punta Campanella. From there, you can see closely the seabed rich in unique fish species.
Spring – from March to May
If you are planning on coming to the Amalfi Coast, from March to May, your holiday will be unforgettable thanks to spring pleasant temperatures, which will constantly be around 70°F, including budget-friendly re-opened restaurants or accommodations and trekking paths.
During your stay, you should surely have to wear a pair of long jeans and a shirt, in order to avoid unpredictable rainy episodes. Furthermore, always remember to bring:
- Multiple t-shirts;
- Sunscreen and mosquito repellent;
- Elegant dresses (for typically Italian restaurant events).
Considering the optimal weather and the calm atmosphere that reigns in the streets, we advise you to go to the Terrazza dell’Infinito (the ticket costs around 10$) and the Museum of Ceramics in Vietri sul Mare (the entrance is free).
Insider tip: Springtime comes with more travelers. This is why, considering the lack of parking or their expensive rates, we advise you to rent a Vespa or a car.
Autumn – from September to November
If you are planning on coming to the Amalfi Coast, from September to November, the weather will be on your side with temperatures up to 67°F, including under crowded beach clubs and not too sultry days.
During your holiday, you should inevitably have to wear a cardigan, a wool hat and a scarf, in order not to catch a cold when it’s too windy. In addition, don’t miss these things:
- Multiple jackets;
- An umbrella;
- Rain shoes or boots;
- Long-sleeved clothes.
Don’t forget to book a boat tour and stop at Emerald Grotto and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. End your tour by hiking along the majestic Sentiero degli Dei.
Insider tip: Autumn marks the end of the reproduction of marine fauna. This is the reason why you must taste Italian fresh food such as pasta with clams or mussels, but also delicacies with amberjack, mullet, and squid.
Winter – from December to February
If you are planning on coming to the Amalfi Coast, from December to February, be conscious of cloudy days, lack of traffic, and temperatures down to 50°F, including most of the local shops closed because of low season.
Moreover, speaking of a proper outfit, we suggest you wear a cashmere sweater and warm trousers. In your luggage, add these essentials:
- A wool crewneck;
- velvet clothes;
- A k-way;
- Rain shoes.
For cultural immersion, reserve a ticket to visit the Paper Museum or go to Principessa di Piemonte Gardens, where the entrance is completely free.
Insider tip: As these beaches only catch the sunlight around 5 AM, wake up early and go to Villa Cimbrone and admire the morning rays soaking up.
High Season vs Low Season – What to Choose
The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is mostly during the high season, from March to August. Speaking of PROs, you can enjoy this place with its 24/7 open bars and pubs, entertaining beach club parties, and a climate suitable for sunbathing and swimming in the sea. On the other hand, CONs include excessively high temperatures and huge crowds which will make you feel a little uncomfortable if you try to relax or walk in small places like Capri or Minori. This could be the right choice for those who love multiculturality and be sunkissed.
Otherwise, the low season can offer you an incredible time with its pleasant temperatures, windy days, blooming vegetation, and budget-friendly prices. In regards to CONs, be aware there could be unexpected rainy days and closed museums and famous spots. This could be the right choice for a recollection in tranquility experience, far from the daily routine.
The Best Transportation Options for All Seasons on the Amalfi Coast
You can reach the Amalfi Coast by public and private transport, allowing you to visit its cities comfortably. During springtime or summertime, it is very common to find a lot of traffic along the SS163. This is why we suggest you take a ferry boat from Salerno or a SITA bus (the ticket is around 2$), which will bring you to nearby beauties, from Positano to Cetara, without stress.
Moreover, if you are traveling during fall or winter, it is advisable to rent a car or a taxi, in order to move freely and enjoy surrounding pitches and suggestive landscapes.
The Best Hotels for Every Season on The Amalfi Coast
Spending your summer on the Amalfi Coast is a dreamy experience with its seaside, unique locals, and historical gems, but its accommodations might be really expensive. At Villa Yiara, however, you will feel at home. Indeed, this 18th-century property offers multiple equipped rooms, a private bathroom with a huge terrace overlooking the shoreline, and a homemade breakfast full of typical sweets.
Spending your spring on the Amalfi Coast is a once-in-a-lifetime experience because you can find the perfect climate and a peaceful atmosphere. Gala Residence Villa Giovanna, a quite centrally located B&B, allows you to reach popular points in Ravello thanks to its strategic position. The service includes free private parking, a terrace where you can sunbathe or relax, and rooms with air conditioning. Definitely the perfect place for young couples.
Spending your autumn on the Amalfi Coast gives you a completely different view and perception of the latter because of the windy weather and lack of tourists. At Amalfi Ammorè, one of the best apartments in the lemon town, you can easily reach Atrani Beach and the iconic Amalfi Cathedral. Its hosts offer rooms with a kettle, free Wi-Fi, and bed linen sheets with towels.
Spending your winter on the Amalfi Coast might be apparently boring. Otherwise, it is full of events to attend and places to discover, except for the cold temperatures. Don’t forget to book a room at L’Antico Borgo dei Limoni. This 19th-century building provides huge suites overlooking the sea and Amalfi, with a garden and a breakfast rich in fresh pastries and other delicacies.