Updated: Apr 14, 2022
I am convinced that fall (September or October) is the best time to visit Amalfi Coast. Why you ask? Well, first, let me say, I’ve visited Italy in spring, summer, and fall. I know the weather, okay! But keep reading to find out more below!
The Amalfi Coast is just as beautiful in person is as it is in photos. The cliffs, stunning blue water, and incredible food make it an extremely popular spot to visit. I’ve visited twice now and I’ve found the absolute best time to visit Amalfi Coast.
Throughout this post I’ll compare Amalfi Coast in the summer and fall since I’ve experienced both.
While I haven’t been to Amalfi in winter or spring, I do know the weather in spring since I have been to Italy in spring. It rains… a lot. If you come into April and May, I’ve heard the weather gets better, but I would not recommend going this time of year if you can avoid it. In the winter, a lot of this area shuts down.
1. The weather is kind of perfect
In the summer, the temperatures reach over 90 degrees Fahrenheit a day. In the fall, you’ll enjoy average temperatures of 75-85 degrees a day. Still completely warm enough to enjoy the beach or a boat ride, but not hot enough to make you sweat through all your clothes.
We enjoyed completely perfect weather and needed a light jacket in the evening. Sitting outside all day is no problem, unlike in the summer, and those hikes you want to take will be pleasant with a solid breeze. Plus, many places don’t have strong air-conditioning and this will be no problem during the fall.
2. It’s less crowded
This one is soooo key! When I was in Amalfi during the summer, the streets were completely full – WALL TO WALL with people, especially in Positano. When we went in October, we enjoyed strolling quietly through the streets without pushing through a crowd. It’s way more fun to enjoy a view without a line of people trying to take photos everywhere.
The beaches are also way more pleasant. In the summer, the free beach shrinks to a tiny size and there are four rows of chairs lining the paid beach areas. In the fall, there was a huge free beach area and only two rows of beach chairs. It was a far more relaxing and chill experience.
3. Cheaper prices
We paid just $180 for our two nights at a beautiful hotel just a 10 minute drive away from the town of Amalfi that included parking, breakfast, was right at a bus stop for easy transport, and had a beautiful rooftop. This was a steal you guys!
In summer, the same place is that price per night. Last summer when I went, we couldn’t even afford to stay in a place with a private bathroom for that cost and ended up staying in Sorrento instead further away from the main cities.
4. Less traffic
Both times I’ve come to Amalfi Coast I have driven. It’s honestly not for the faint of heart and you should be prepared for some seriously winding roads if you decide to do this. However, I will say that it was wayyy easier to drive or even get there by bus or private transfer, when there are far less cars on the road.
We were able to get to and from Amalfi Coast without any stop and start traffic. Last summer when I went, we spent an extra hour sitting in the car waiting in traffic. It’s also way easier to drive without traffic on the extremely windy roads.
5. Flowers and plants are still in bloom
Everyone talks about the beautiful flowers that bloom all summer in Amalfi Coast. We still saw plenty of beautiful flowers and plants blooming during the fall as well. There is a famous street in Positano covered in pink flowers, it was still there in late October, just without wall-to-wall people.
The beauty of the Amalfi Coast is still very visible in the fall and you’ll enjoy seeing the grape leaves changing colors as well.
So there you have five reasons that fall is the best time to visit Amalfi Coast. If you want to miss out on the crowds and still admire the beauty of this amazing area, fall is the best time to visit Amalfi Coast.