For those of us in the travel industry, we speak about timing ad nauseam. Timing and planning are key to making the most of your vacation. No matter where you would like to go in the world, there are often better times than others to travel to certain destinations. The Amalfi Coast in the Campania Region of Italy is no different.
While there is truly not a bad time to visit the Amalfi Coast, the Spring and Autumn present the best times of year to enjoy this idyllic region.
The Spring offers visitors beautiful swathes of wildflowers while Autumn features warm seas and seasonal produce like mushrooms, black truffles, and chestnuts. You will also avoid the often sweltering heat and heavy traffic of the summer months when visiting in the off-peak months of Spring and Autumn.
The coastal towns of the Campania region have hosted visitors from far and wide since Roman times and the locals continue to uphold the highest standards of hospitality still to this day. Here is a list of absolute must stops when traveling along the Amalfi Coast:
Sorrento – Facing the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a resort town perched atop cliffs with gorgeous water views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It makes a great base for visiting some of the region’s best attractions such as historical Pompeii to the North and the fabled island of Capri off the coast. It’s only drawback is the lack of a proper and usable beach.
Positano – As the breath-taking setting of the hit film “Under the Tuscan Sun”, the Village of Positano is a gorgeous and charming town with colorful homes littering the steep cliffs. A pebble beach provides access to the water, and great restaurants and boutique shops satisfy appetites for culinary delights and souvenirs.
Capri – Located in the Bay of Naples, the Island of Capri is a premier tourist destination for both Italians and foreigners. Home to the world famous Blue Grotto sea cave, the island has accommodations, shops, restaurants, and is perfect for a day trip or to spend a night while staying in the region.
Pompeii – An easy trip from either Sorrento or Positano, the archaeological wonder of Pompeii shows visitors the glories of ancient Rome preserved miraculously after the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
During your stay in and around the Campania Region, make sure you take advantage of the best the area has to offer:
Hire a boat – Even if it’s just for a couple of hours, there are companies that charter trips into the bay giving you the other perspective of the coast. Try Banana Sport if you’d like to make a sea circuit of Capri.
Eat great food – Naples is known for its pizza often emulated, but never imitated. If you want to get the best Neapolitan pizza in the world, look no further than the City of Naples. You’ll also find top-notch fresh seafood along the coast with the staple spaghetti alle vongole (with fresh clams) on practically every menu in the region.
Swim the seas – From Ischia’s thermal beaches to Positano’s Spiaggia di Fornillo, the Amalfi Coast is perfect for water enthusiasts. The autumn is the most pleasant time for swimming along the Amalfi Coast and you’ll also avoid larger crowds.