Sheltered by the Lattari Mountains arcing
east to west across the peninsula and inland from the Amalfi Coast, and
exposed to cool breezes from two bays, the Amalfi Coast enjoys a climate
that is among the mildest in Italy; the temperature rarely falls below
10°C (50°F) in winter, or climbs above 31°C (90°F) in summer. Winter is
least crowded but is sometimes overcast, and many hotels close from
November to March.
Easter time can be rainy and wet -- locals call it passione de Pasqua ("tears
of passion"), and it's safe to assume it will rain on Good Friday. And,
for that matter, increasingly in other sunny times: readers have gloomily
reported weeklong storms in once what was picture-perfect September. On
Italian public holidays (in particular, Easter Monday, April 25, and May
1) and Sunday, the roads heave with lemminglike Neapolitan motorists, so
if you plan on taking a long walk in the country, schedule it for one of
these busier days.
Although April and May are sublime, Italian students are then on break and
can overrun major sites. Summer is filled with festivities and offers the
best weather for sunning and swimming, bringing dense crowds and higher
prices, especially during the middle two weeks of August, when Italians
vacation en masse. Summer months may, in fact, be the new "off-season" --
horror stories of torrid days and humungous crowds have driven ever more
people to travel here during May/June and September/October and the region
is packed to the gills with travelers during those months.