Do you dream of laying under an umbrella on the Amalfi Coast with an Aperol Spritz in hand? If you’re planning a vacation or honeymoon to this iconic Italian summer destination, it’s important to consider the best time to plan your vacation. This is true for any destination, but particularly important for the Amalfi Coast because many hotels and restaurants close for the off-season, and you’ll want to consider the water temperature, and who your fellow travelers will be.
The Amalfi Coast season generally runs from April to late October. The busiest months are July and August. The earlier and later months in the season are the least busy and tend to be somewhat less expensive. Room rates may be less than during the peak of the season, but we have noticed it’s less of a significant difference.
Consider what’s truly important to you on your Amalfi Coast vacation when choosing the time of year, cities to visit, and hotels. The Amalfi Coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate, so it’s possible to visit year-round, but most hotels, restaurants, and even hydrofoil ferries are closed in the winter. Despite all the pictures you see of sun and lemons, it can snow there. In the Spring, you’ll see locals wearing heavy coats. Be sure to confirm with your hotel in advance of booking that all of the amenities you plan to use will be open during the time you’re planning to visit. Some hotels don’t open their pools or beach clubs until June, so email or call ahead.
Is relaxing by an infinity pool with a cocktail in hand or taking a book to the beach more important? If you want to swim in the Mediterranean Sea, the water is warmer later in the season. Even in June, the water can be frigid. Most beaches aren’t white sandy beaches on the Amalfi Coast. The mountains plunge directly into the sea on this stretch of rugged coastline, so many beaches are concrete platforms or small, rocky alcoves in the side of the hills. If you’re looking for sandy beaches, we’d suggest heading to Ischia or Puglia instead.
Finally, consider who will be your fellow guests at the hotel or resort. As noted above, you’re likely to have more families with children and college students during the summer months when school is out. You’ll often find more couples during the late spring and late summer or early fall. Italians go on vacation in August, which along with July is one of the warmest months. However, many local businesses close the entire month of August and it means the coast will be more crowded than usual. If you’re planning to visit in August, it’s especially important to consider where you are going to eat or get necessities like sunscreen, so we’d recommend heading to a full-service resort like Casa Angelina in Praiano (near Positano), Hotel Ceasar Augustus in Capri, or Palazzo Avino in Ravello.
If you’re looking for a relaxing, romantic getaway without children or college students, we strongly recommend visiting in April, September, and October.
It’s important to consider your own individual priorities when planning an Amalfi Coast escape, but if you’re asking us, our next trip will probably be in September after children have gone back to school, the water is warm, and the summer crowds have gone back to work.
For more advice on planning your Amalfi Coast honeymoon or vacation, read our:
- How to get to the Amalfi Coast (with the least amount of stress)
- 48-Hour Guide to Ravello
- 48-Hour Guide to Positano and Praiano
- 48-Hour Guide to Capri
- More from the Amalfi Coast