Visiting the Amalfi Coast in Summer
By Viator, January 2015
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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