Visiting Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast in May 2020 | The definitive Guide
by Giuseppe Morvillo
by Giuseppe Morvillo
Sorrento in May – Our in-depth guide
The days are getting longer and the temperature is rising, finally the sweet taste of Summer has arrived. Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast revive after the cold season and for many visitors May is one of the best months to visit this corner of paradise. From cultural activities, outdoor experiences and hiking trips, in this article we have put together the best of those so you can gather a great idea of the various activities you can do when visiting during this time.
Visiting Sorrento in May
Things to do and Events
With their breathtaking scenery and beautiful landscapes, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast are at their best during the month of May. The warm temperature, sunny days and the Mediterranean atmosphere are the three fundamental factors to enjoying your holiday here with us. Many beach clubs in Sorrento are open in May, the streets of the old town are buzzing and the restaurants have up tables outside, along the main street Corso Italia on the piers. Sorrento is the largest village on the coast and with its great services and transportation connections, its the best choice to choose as your base when visiting Pompeii ruins, Amalfi Coast or Capri with one of our best highly recommended local drivers or skippers.
Pompeii Ruins, Capri Island and the Amalfi Coast
We have created for you three amazing tours which will guarantee you to see the most spectacular sights, offer you an unforgettable experience and make your holiday so much more memorable.
You will have the unique chance to not only visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii but also enjoy a visit to a local vineyard, located at the bottom of Vesuvius. Our recommended and professional drivers will pick you up from your accommodation and your adventure will begin, the tour will last approximately 8 hours, so is perfect if you’re looking for a whole day of exploring. After the guided visit, you will experience a fantastic wine tasting and lunch in a local vineyard, a truly unique tour and the perfect way to end your day at Pompeii Ruins.
You can discover more about this experience here: Pompeii Ruins – Our Selected Tours .
Capri Boat Tour
Capri is Italy’s most famous island, with its beautiful attractions and magical atmosphere it is known worldwide as the island of dreams and absolutely a must visit by boat. You can experience the best of Capri and its grottos in a single day, our tour lasts for 8 hours so 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 Capri Boat tour page here: Capri boat tour – Our selected Tours.
Amalfi Coast Tour
Looking to explore and experience the Amalfi Coast but limited for time?
Our Amalfi Coast tour from Sorrento is the best way to see the Amalfi Coast in one day, our recommended English speaking driver is highly knowledgeable about the coast and will drive you in an elegant Mercedes E van with A/C and onboard comforts. Get to know all of the amazing hidden gems and see the secret sights only the knowledge of a local would have. The whole tour is a total of 8 hours where you will visit Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, our driver will make the best stops in between so you have the chance to taking in the amazing scenery and take those memorable photos. They will drop you off at all three main stops and let you explore giving plenty of time to take in each town in your own unique way. We also offer private or shared tours, great if you’re a couple, family or group of friends, you have the option to choose between both.
To find out more about what this tour includes you can visit our page here: Amalfi Coast tour – Our Selected Tours.
Weather and Temperature
Considered one of the best times to visit Sorrento, May offers longer and sunnier days and makes you look forward to those summer days. The beaches and beach clubs in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast are set up and ready to welcome their guests, discover more on the Amalfi Coast Beaches.
MIN TEMPERATURE 12.0°C
MAX TEMPERATURE 23.2°C
RAINY DAYS 7
SUNSHINE HOURS 250
- Humidity 70% 70%
- Chance of Rain 18,3% 18,3%
If you enjoy being by the sea and soaking in all of the sun don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and beach towel. The sea temperature in May is much more enjoyable and if you’re looking to relax you can spend a day in Marina Piccola or simply enjoy a delicious lunch in from of the spectacular view of the Gulf of Naples. In Sorrento’s Marina Piccola, there are four private beach clubs: Peter’s Beach, Marameo, Leonelli’s Beach and Da Salvatore where you can rent a sun lounger or chair and umbrella for around €12. They all offer restaurants or snack bars where you can enjoy some of the most amazing sandwiches and pizzas. You can read more on the best of Sorrento Beaches here.
What to Pack
Don’t forget to leave some space in your suitcase for your swimming costume and beach towel, the water in May is much warmer in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. If you’re not looking to be exposed to the chance of wind or a cool breeze but still want to spend a day at the beach we recommend you to visit Meta di Sorrento and Marine del Cantone as both beaches are protected from the wind, here you can swim and spend a lovely day by the sea.
These are my personal recommendations of what you will need:
- A light pashmina or scarf
- Sweater or cardigan
- Swimming costume and beach towel
- Shorts or Skirts
- Good walking shoes and flip flops
- Backpack or Travel bag when exploring the Amalfi Coast towns
- Foldable and sturdy umbrella
5 Reasons to Visit
- To Experience Capri, Pompeii and Amalfi Coast
The island of Capri and the Amalfi Coast officially start to come to life in May after the cold winter season, the temperature is great for swimming in the crystal waters and you will not have the crowds of the summer season as the peak season has only just started. The Pompeii Ruins is also another great reason to visit, due to the mild weather it will be much more comfortable and enjoyable for you to visit and complete the 2 hour walk in comparison to the hot summer months which also brings crowds of guests.
- Enjoy the Nightlife, Piazza Tasso and the Old Town
This is a great time to visit all of these places because you will get a truly unique and authentic experience, there are not yet crowds of tourists and you’ll be able to really enjoy your time here.
- Have amazing dinners
Many restaurants begin to open their outside seating areas, May is a lovely time to enjoy delicious meals with the break taking view of the coast in front of your very eyes. What more could you ask for?
- Experience Incredible Tours
The longer days and great weather make for the perfect occasion to experience one of our many tours and make your holiday that much more special.
- Amazing Beach Days
You can spent lovely days on the beach by the sea, swim in the warm crystal waters and soak in all of the beautiful Italian sunshine.