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Visiting the Amalfi Coast in Summer

By Viator, July 2014

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The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist draw at almost any time of year, but at no time is it more of a magnet for visitors than in the summer months when beaches are full to capacity with sun worshipers and luxury hotels host honeymooners and celebrities alike. Visiting the Amalfi Coast in the summer may be on your to-do list, but since countless other people are planning to be there at the same time, you’ll want to do a little research beforehand.

Summer on the Amalfi Coast is technically June-August, although the high season with its corresponding hot weather, big crowds, and high prices usually runs from May through September. The hot weather is ideal for the top tourist pursuit on the coast - lounging on the beach - so soaring temperatures aren’t a deterrent for visitors. In fact, the weather is part of what attracts people by the thousands each summer.

The crowds on the Amalfi Coast in the summer are responsible for hotel rooms being booked up months in advance, as well as for beaches being crowded nearly all day long. Even the many private beaches and beach clubs that require an admission fee are packed during the summer. To get a spot on the sand or an already-set-up beach chair and umbrella, you’ll need to stake your claim early in the day or head to one of the more remote beaches rather than the ones right in the town centers. Also keep in mind that larger crowds mean tours to nearby sights like Pompeii, Naples, Capri, and Mt. Vesuvius are also likely to sell out well in advance.

High season means high prices on the Amalfi Coast, which isn’t exactly cheap even in the off-season. There are accommodation options in different price ranges along the coast, including luxury hotels and apartment rentals, but all prices go up in the summer. As mentioned, accommodation for the summer tends to also be booked much further in advance, too, as people plan their high season holidays. So if you’re on a tighter budget and you’re going to the Amalfi Coast in the summer, research and book your lodging as soon as you can.

Transportation along the Amalfi Coast is easier in the summer because you have more options. You can get around by bus, car, or motor scooter - just as you can year-round - but in the summer you can also get from town to town by boat. In the off-season (and in inclement weather) the boats don’t run due to rougher waters, but in the summer you can take boats to hop along the Amalfi Coast, or to get from the Amalfi Coast to Naples or the islands just off the coast.

Holidays in Italy during the summer include two major national holidays - the Festa della Repubblica on June 2, and Ferragosto (also called Assumption Day) on August 15. Both mean banks are closed, and some restaurants and shops may also be closed. There are often fireworks displays or parades in the larger cities, so check with the local tourist office to find out what’s going on in the Amalfi Coast town in which you’re staying.

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Private Tour: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Day Trip from Naples

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 289 Reviews

Explore the famous Amalfi Coast with your own driver to chauffeur you from town to town on this private full-day excursion from Naples. You'll discover ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.22

Amalfi Coast Private Day Tour from Sorrento

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 73 Reviews

Explore the famous Amalfi Coast with your own driver to chauffeur you from town to town on this private full-day excursion from Sorrento. You'll discover ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.27

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Small Group Day Trip from Rome

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1227 Reviews

Take this incredible Rome day trip to the Amalfi Coast, and discover the dreamy coastal scenery that typifies this stunning area of southern Italy. Spend time ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $284.18

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Day Trip from Naples

4 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Leave Naples to explore the ancient city of Pompeii with a guide, and then drink in Amalfi Coast’s beauty from the comfort of your luxury coach! This full-day ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.97

3-Day Italy Trip: Naples, Pompeii and Amalfi

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 12 Reviews

Spend three days exploring Naples, Pompeii and Amalfi. You'll visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and discover the rich history of Italy. Departing Rome, ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $379.90

6-Day Rome and Southern Italy Tour Including Naples, Pompeii and Amalfi Coast

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Discover Rome and southern Italy on this exciting 6-day tour with an expert guide, 4-star accommodation included! Spend two nights in Rome and get to know the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $815.93

Sorrento Shore Excursion: Positano, Sorrento and Amalfi Day Trip

The beautiful beaches and coastal towns of the Campania region await you on this private shore excursion. While you’re in port in Sorrento, head off to explore ...  Read more

Location: Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.55

3-Night Southern Italy Sailing Adventure: Amalfi Coast, Capri and Procida

Combine the sights of blissful southern Italy with a sailing adventure on a 3-night independent tour by yacht! After spending the first day and night on the ...  Read more

Location: Amalfi, Italy
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $710.00

Private Tour: Amalfi Coast and Capri Cruise

Explore the Amalfi Coast and Capri on a private full-day cruise, the most scenic way to experience these stunning parts of southern Italy. Aboard an elegant ...  Read more

Location: Amalfi, Italy
Duration: Flexible: 6-7 hours

From USD $165.14

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