Amalfi Coast Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Amalfi Coast

The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is in the spring and fall, specifically May and September. During these months, crowds are largely gone and temperatures are the most comfortable, with highs in the 70s and 80s. Though summer may sound like the ideal option, both domestic and international travelers flock to the tiny towns that line the Amalfi Coast, subsequently taking up tons of space. Winter travel is a great for scoring a deal, but it's also when cafes and restaurants close up shop for the season. The autumn months following September are another recommended time to visit, as day temperatures are still relatively warm. 

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September-November Fall – in particular, September – is a great time to visit the coast. In September, summer crowds are on their way out and temps stay in the high 80s during the day. Daytime temperatures hover in the low 70s in October and then drop to the cool 60-degree range from there. Travelers visiting during this time also benefit from discounted hotel and airfare rates, as well as fewer tourists. Just remember to pack an umbrella if you visit during this period: November is the rainiest month, seeing an average of 6 inches. 
December-February Though southern Italy experiences milder winters compared to other parts of the country, the Amalfi Coast still gets cold. Highs linger in the mid-50s throughout winter and night temperatures generally fall into the low 30s. It's also important to note that due to the weather conditions, cafes and restaurants generally close up for the season. The payoffs, however, can be big. Since the town is empty, you may feel at times like you have the place entirely to yourself. Not only that, but room rates are at their lowest, making a stay at those luxurious cliffside hotels more of a reality for budget-conscious travelers (if hotels haven't gone on their winter hiatus, that is). 
March-May Once February ends, spring comes slowly but steadily, with temperatures rising from the 50s to the 60s during the day, and from the 30s to the 40s at night. The coast starts to come alive again around Easter, when restaurants and cafes begin to reopen and tourists begin their annual pilgrimage. According to the Positano Tourism Board, May is considered the best month to visit for its lack of tourists, perfect 70-degree day temps and beautiful blooming flowers. What's more, travel rates are lower than those seen during the peak summer season. 
June-August

Summer on the Amalfi Coast is both very hot and very crowded. Not only is the Amalfi Coast popular with international travelers, but it's also a choice destination for Italians looking to take their summer hoildays. Add in the many honeymooners who flock here every summer, and you've got a lot of tourists and not enough space to accommodate them. Visit during this time period and you'll experience more than just foot traffic. Thanks to the hordes of travelers, parking is few and far between, which can be inconvenient considering driving is the easiest way to get from town to town. And though the sun will often be shining (daily highs sit in the mid-80s), it can become unbearable, especially when walking up and down the coast's hilly terrain. But if you're looking for a lively atmosphere, this really is the best time to visit: Most of the coast's annual festivals and events are squeezed in during these months, so be prepared to party.  

Key Events:
Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics (Amalfi-June)
Festival of Sant'Antonio (Amalfi-June) 

Key Events:

  • Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics (Amalfi-June)
  • Festival of Sant'Antonio (Amalfi-June)
  • Ravello Festival (Ravello-July-September)
  • Ferragosto (Positano-August)

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