Visiting Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast in July | The definitive Guide
by Giuseppe Morvillo
by Giuseppe Morvillo
The scent of basil with its age-old Mediterranean fragrance
rises from the streets becoming one
with the sound of the voices on the television,
which are covered with lots of photographs,
reminiscing on beautiful memories.
Then there is my grandfather wearing
a white vest, shorts, leather sandals
and gazes his eyes towards the dazzling reflection of the sun
balancing between the shadow of the pines and the coast,
while the same sunset has moved his heart for more than ninety years.
He puts his right arm around me and every mid July,
he whispers to me,
‘come è bella la stagione’, how beautiful is this season.
Visiting Sorrento in July
Things to do and Events
One thing is for certain, which no one can deny, July is the most beautiful month to visit Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast and the weather is hot and humid. Considered the middle of the summer season, the parties and festivities are taking place, you feel happiness in the air and see beautiful firework displays in the evening. It’s the month when you’re anticipating an amazing summer holiday after months of working, which is commonly taken in August in Italy, or simply for those who while still working, enjoy a quick break in one of the Marina beach clubs.
Sorrento faces the Gulf of Naples so is exposed to pleasant and cool breezes and after spending a few days in the cities like Rome, Florence or Venice you will always find that spending a few days on the coast is definitely worth your while. So hot days and pleasant evenings in July are ideal for spending your days at the by the sea, renting a boat and exploring the Island of Capri, booking a tour along the Amalfi Coast or simply just relaxing on the beach until sunset.
Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Beaches
On weekdays beaches are filled to a normal capacity but on the weekends it can be very hard to find a place as those who live there also plan to go to the beach. In the bays of Capri, Positano, Nerano and Galli they can get crowded with boats, swimmers and beach goers. We strongly advise you to arrive for 10am to reserve your sun lounger and umbrella where possible. Most beaches are fully equipped with bars, restaurants, sun loungers and umbrellas to rent. It is very easy to reach the beaches in Sorrento, both in Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, for those staying in a Guesthouse, Holiday home or Hotel in the centre of Sorrento, the distance is very short, you just have to walk to the Public Gardens ( Villa Comunale) and from there either use the lift (cost per adult per ride €1.80 or use the steps. For those who have a car or scooter you must head towards the Sorrento Harbour (Porto di Sorrento) where you will find a space to park your vehicle in one of the two private car parks.
Capri boat tour
Known all over the world as Italy’s most beautiful island, with its beautiful scenery and magical atmosphere it is known as the island of dreams and absolutely a must visit by boat. Experience the best of Capri and its grottos in a single day, with our Capri Boar Tour which is great if you’re only in town for a few days and want to see as much as possible. Our premium boat is fully equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, hot and cold showers as well as a lounge deck. On board with you will be two professional and local skippers, English speaking and very experienced in this tour, they will make you feel very welcome and special. During the summer the demand for this tour is very high so we would recommend you to contact us in advance if you’d like to book, we also give you the choice of shared or private tour. For more information on this tour please visit our page: Capri Boat Tour – Our Selected Tours .
Pompeii Ruins with Vesuvius Wine Tasting Tour
During the weekends, I really recommend that all my guests should organise one of the most fascinating experiences in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. If you’re a lover of exploring ancient history and Roman ruins or simply just want to have a different kind of experience, a visit to the Pompeii Ruins is perfect for you. You will truly feel as if you’re taking a trip back in time when walking the same streets of those who used to live there.
Our Pompeii Tour includes a visit to the ruins of Pompeii in the morning with a tour, lunch in a vineyard on the slopes of Vesuvius, one of the most fertile areas of the Mediterranean, and a wine tasting of unique products that have an exquisite taste. Our professional and English speaking private driver will collect you from your accommodation in a comfortable air conditioned mini van, and transport you throughout the day. Once the tour is complete, you will be also driven to the bottom of Mount Vesuvius, where you can relax in a beautiful winery, explore the vines, taste the local wines and enjoy a light lunch made with all local specialities such as salami, provolone cheese, bruschetta, Spaghetti with Piennolo tomatoes and basil sauce and of course a desert to finish of your meal, a traditional Neapolitan Pastiera with Ricotta, Grain and Candied fruit. You can read more about our Pompeii Tour here: Pompeii tours – Our Selected Tours.
Summer is a special time in Sorrento, locals and visitors go out into the streets, take a seat at the tables outside and enjoy the magical atmosphere. One of the most popular places is Marina Grande in Sorrento, a picturesque small harbour with seafood restaurants serving up fresh fish and local cuisine. The colourful village is composed by beautiful pastel coloured houses and at the seaside it is the ideal place to enjoy the breeze, sit outside with a cool spritz and watch the spectacular sunset going down behind the coast.
Read our list of recommendations for the best places to dine from terrace bars overlooking the sea where you can admire the most spectacular views of the coast to the breathtaking dining hotspots surrounded by lemon trees and fairy lights here. (Most Instagrammable Places in Sorrento article link)
Weather and Temperature
If you enjoy looking at the beautiful blue sky, soaking up the sun and swimming in the crystal clear waters, July is the best month for you to visit Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. In fact, July is the driest month of the year with almost 320 hours of sun. At the beginning of the month, days are longer than any other period of the year and temperatures are hot, but still comfortable especially in the evenings as there can be a nice cool and refreshing breeze. All of our accommodation has air conditioning so you will be able to sleep comfortably. Thanks to its strategic, the weather in July is always beautiful and a nice cool breeze that lowers the temperature slightly after sunset. Most days are hot and evenings are gorgeous, it’s still light until 9pm and pleasantly warm.
What to Pack
First things first, be sure to pack proper sun protection, the weather can be very hot and at times it may be hard to find shady spots so you want to make sure you are not at risk of harming your skin. Light clothing is ideal from linen shirts to sundresses and shorts, these are great options to wear during the day, another good tip is to avoid wearing dark colours like black, grey and brown as they tend to absorb the heat of the sun much more which can make you very uncomfortable.
Find out more on what we recommend to wear during the warm summer season from casual wear to footwear here. (Insert Amalfi Coast Style Guide article link).
5 Reasons to Visit
- It’s the best month!
During July there are many concerts, events and firework displays in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, you can really feel the magic in the atmosphere.
- See the best of Sorrento
You can enjoy the nightlife, restaurants, bars, Piazza Tasso which is the main square and the Old Town which come alive with the beautiful mix of the locals and visitors from all over the world.
- Amazing Outside Dining
Marina Grande is a great place to enjoy lovely dinners where there are many local restaurants who set up their tables on the pier, overlooking the sea.
- Book an Incredible Tour
Enjoy one of our tours, from Capri Boat Tour, Amalfi Coast Tour to our Pompeii Tour with wine tasting experience.
- Amazing Beach Days
You can spend lovely days at the beach, soaking in all the sun and swimming in the bright blue waters, here you will truly feel like you’re living the dolce vita.